Council Creates Rules for Mobile Food Vendors

Release Date: 
09/09/2013

The Hermiston City Council unanimously supported the creation of rules for mobile food vendors in the city Monday night.

The ordinance only regulates operations with an Oregon Class II, III, or IV Mobile Food Unit License.  The new rule requires that vendors must move from their location every day, be at least 400 feet from a restaurant, have their locations approved for safety, and meet basic site requirements.

The legislation finishes a discussion which began in January after a proposal from the city’s Business Advisory Committee that the mobile food vendors be subject to a license.  A City Council sub-committee then gathered input from the public about regulation through meetings with the city’s Hispanic Advisory Committee, Business Advisory Committee, and Planning Commission.

“I want to commend the sub-committee for their hard work on this, especially their effort in getting out to hear from the whole community,” said City Council President Rod Hardin about the nine months of public feedback.

Eddie de la Cruz, Chairman of the city’s Hispanic Advisory Committee, also praised the Council for listening to the whole community.  “The City has done a great job of getting input from both sides, including the restaurants,” de la Cruz said Monday.

All mobile food vendors in Hermiston will now have to obtain a license to operate by April 1, 2014.  A full copy of the new rules can be found HERE.

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