Wala-Wala, WA: Mobile food vendor rules proposed

By Alfred Diaz  |  Union-Bulletin


The Walla Walla Planning Commission on Monday will review several proposed ordinances aimed at setting new guidelines for mobile food vendors.

The push for the ordinances came after local developer Barbara Whatley established Gut Grub, which is a mobile food court that can accommodate up to 10 trucks, tents or booths set up at 509 E. Main Street.

According to city documents, Walla Walla lacks guidelines for such a business. The planning meeting will be at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 15 N. Third Ave.

City officials are proposing the following ordinances to regulate them, which the City Council must approve to be enacted:

  • Requiring notification to adjacent property owners.
  • A minimum 10 feet between vendors.
  • Maintain the city’s current 100 foot setback of mobile food vendors from any brick-mortar restaurants.
  • Limiting the hours of operation if adjacent to residential zoning.
  • Requiring the site to be paved.
  • Requiring on- or off-site parking for customers.
  • Inclusion of permanent trash and recycling receptacles.
  • Access to permanent restroom facilities within an eighth of a mile, about 660 feet.
  • Limit of one portable sign per food truck.
  • No tent establishments.
  • Each mobile vendor is responsible for its gray water and waste disposal.
  • Mobile vendor/food truck Labor & Industry approval.
  • Allow fixed vending carts, less than 200 square feet, and building permit required with an approved foundation.
  • May not operate out of a personal vehicle or RV.
  • Mobile vendor license required.
  • Meet all current regulations relating to utility connections.