Looking to become more inviting to mobile food vendors, Boulder officials Tuesday night moved ahead the first reading of new rules that would allow food trucks to sell their goods in limited public places.
Boulder does not now allow food sales from vehicles in public places. The proposed regulations would allow the increasingly popular food trucks to sell their goods in the city’s rights-of-way in industrial zone districts, or as part of an organized special event such as the Boulder Creek Festival, Harvest Festival, Green Streets or block parties.
The rules would not allow food trucks to operate in downtown Boulder, where many restaurant owners have objected to the competition. Instead, the allowed operating areas would be located mostly in east Boulder and Gunbarrel.
Food trucks would have to stay at least 100 feet away from existing brick and mortar restaurants, and at least 200 feet away from other food trucks, according to the draft regulations. They would be allowed to operate from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., but not for longer than four hours in any one location. They would not be allowed to sell alcohol.
The cost of a mobile food vehicle license would be set at $200, and it would have to be renewed annually.
The City Council will discuss the details of the proposal during its second reading at an upcoming meeting.