Fairfax, VA: Food Truck Vendors Get Break, State Drops Restrictions

Governor Elect Terry McAuliffe

By Centreville Independent Staff  |  The Centreville Independent

Governor Elect Terry McAuliffe
Governor Elect Terry McAuliffe

In what could be a boon for mobile dining, the state has lifted restrictions on the operation of food trucks, allowing them to operate on state-maintained roadways under a law signed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe this week.

McAuliffe (D) signed a bill sponsored by state Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax) and supported by the food truck operators association. The bill, HB 2042, was passed during the General Assembly this year.

Previously mobile vendors were restricted to private property (which used to cost upwards of $16,000 in Fairfax County fees) or in specially designated locations in the county’s park system, including EC Lawrence Park in Chantilly. Last year, the county adopted new rules that allowed trucks to do business in office parks and shopping centers, like the Fair Oaks shopping plaza, and lowered zoning fees to $100.

New trucks won’t be popping up at locations near you right away, however. The county still has to establish codes that will allow for the operation of the trucks.