City of South Lake Tahoe hosting discussion on food truck regulations |

City of South Lake Tahoe hosting discussion on food truck regulations

Pretty Odd Wieners, parked in the lot of Roadrunner Gas Station in Meyers, operates in the county due to the city's restrictive regulations for food trucks.
Courtesy / Pretty Odd Wieners

The city will host several sessions to discuss easing regulations that effectively block food trucks from operating within city limits.

The discussion sessions will take place Thursday, Aug. 2 at the city’s recreation complex at 1180 Rufus Allen Blvd. The first session will be from 2-4 p.m. and the second will be at 5-7 p.m. Residents are encouraged to choose the workshop that is most convenient.

Each session will include a brief presentation on regulatory practices of other jurisdictions and a facilitated discussion regarding the risks and opportunities associated with mobile vending.

The workshop follows a formal request from some residents in May, the Tribune previously reported. Those residents asked City Council to take a look at the regulations governing food trucks

The existing code doesn’t allow for a long-term operating license for parking and selling food around the city, even on private property. Instead, anyone who wants to sell food from a truck must apply for a temporary activity permit, which cannot exceed four days.

Some mobile food vendors, like ice cream trucks, are able to operate in South Lake Tahoe with a long-term permit, but are restricted to conducting business within 15 minutes at any given spot.

A Tahoe Chamber survey of 80 local restaurant owners showed mixed feelings toward food trucks.

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