Tonight’s City Council Meeting: Regulations for Mobile Food Vendors

Half Moon Bay City Council meeting Credit Stuart Nafey

By Jennifer van der Kleut | Half Moon Bay Patch

Half Moon Bay City Council meeting Credit Stuart Nafey

City Council members will be tackling two major items during Tuesday night’s regularly scheduled meeting – the regulation of local mobile food vendors such as food carts and trucks, and the potential awarding of a construction contract for a new Coastside Emergency Center.

During the meeting, a proposal will be made to amend the City’s municipal code to include regulations for mobile food vendors. The ordinance would require all mobile food vendors – from large, traveling food trucks to the smallest of ice cream push-carts – to obtain permits to operate with the Half Moon Bay city limits. Permits will only be granted to individuals who pass a criminal background check, have a City-approved business license, and who provide a complete list of all the items to be sold out of their mobile business, as well as photos of the vehicle to be utilized.

The ordinance also specifies that mobile vendors can only stop for a maximum of 15 minutes in any one location – unless special authorization is given to remain longer – and after the initial 15 minutes, the vehicle must move at least one block before stopping in a new location.

The staff report attached to Tuesday’s agenda did not specify how much in revenue the City expects to generate from the proceeds from such permit fees.

City Council meetings are open to the public. This meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Adcock Community/Senior Center, 535 Kelly Ave. For more information, visit