By City News Service | My Desert
PALM DESERT — Coachella Valley and Blythe city officials can learn about Riverside County’s new food truck ordinance on Monday in Palm Desert, Supervisor John Benoit announced Thursday.
A representative from the county’s environmental health department and a food truck consultant who works with local governments will give presentations at the Coachella Valley Association of Governments’ monthly executive committee meeting, scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at the association’s offices in Palm Desert.
The ordinance allows food trucks to operate throughout the county starting April 8, according to Benoit’s office.
Last month, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to lift most restrictions that prevent food truck operators in the county from selling products that are fried, barbecued, broiled and grilled.
Previously, they could only sell prepackaged food and operate with special event permits.
“Riverside County has ‘freed the food trucks’ to give greater flexibility to these small businesses to offer their unique food choices to visitors and residents,” Benoit said.
“I want to make sure cities have an opportunity to learn about the new rules and options for regulation and have their questions answered.”
Food truck operators must be permitted through the county annually, post their letter grades for operational conditions, have food manager and food handler certifications and undergo at least two yearly inspections.
Only food trucks manufactured after 2009 or upgraded or retrofitted to current standards can operate in the county.
City governments will be able to regulate when, where and how food trucks operate in their jurisdictions, according to Benoit’s office.