Thursday night, the city council approved an ordinance that allows them to operate seven days a week.
This week, the Birmingham City Council passed an ordinance that establishes a general operating permit fee for food trucks, creates “food zones” where trucks can set up, requires that the trucks be parked at least 150 feet from existing restaurants, and limits the hours of truck operation from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with some exceptions.
The city of Montgomery is bringing in food trucks to enhance the dining experience for people working downtown. The first one will be at the old State House Inn location off Madison Avenue -- that's where it's required to park.
The issue of how to regulate Birmingham's growing food truck scene has been simmering at Birmingham City Hall since July 2012, when some restaurants complained the trucks and push carts were taking away their business.
Organizers have worked to improve on last year's festival by increasing participation and blocking off 1st Avenue South. Many vendors have backup plans for when food inevitably dwindles
The food trucks are rolling back into Railroad Park on Sunday for the second Trucks by the Tracks festival.
The idea of a food truck is popular in Birmingham, especially for the middle-of-the-day, lunch crowd.
There are a few conditions vendors would have to follow under the new proposal. Food trucks cannot be parked within 100 feet of any restaurant entrance, and vendors must make restrooms available within 500 feet of the truck.
Food truck Fresh Off the Bun is one of the tenants slated to lease space in the Tillman-Levenson Annex Building near Railroad Park, owner Brad Wardlaw told me today.
Three weeks ago, the Huntsville City Council approved an ordinance that allows food trucks to park in designated spots downtown, but the trucks will only be allowed to park there at night.