Noblesville Council Passes Food Truck Ordinance
What started out as an opportunity to open the door to more entreprenuerial options in Noblesville turned into a harsh restriction for food trucks in Noblesville.
The Common Council passed and ordinance on 2nd reading that requires food truck vendors to get a operator permit at a cost of $1,000 a year. Noblesville Planning Director Christy Langley says the ordinance came about after a food truck vendor and local resident asked for permission to conduct business locally. Prior to the ordinance that passed Tuesday, food truck vendors had to get a temporary permit and could only do business on private property.
Langley says the original proposal was designed to mirror the ordinance in Fishers at a cost of $200. Langley says any permit fees are based on the amount of staff time needed to process and enforce the permits. The increase to $1,000 was amended by the council on a 4 to 3 vote. Langley says the huge increase is not in compliance with the order of her office and would never have been proposed by the planning department.
Langley admits that the increase goes against the concept of increasing business opportunities in the city, but says those decisions are made by elected officials. The ordinance took effect immediately following Tuesday night's vote.
The ordinance exempts hand carts and ice cream trucks. Langley says the logic behind the exclusion is that ice cream trucks never stay in one place for more than a few minutes and are continuously mobile as opposed to food trucks that sit in one spot for several hours to conduct their business.