Cleveland City Council passes more restricted, long-term food truck ordinance

CLEVELAND - Cleveland City Council passed long-term, but more restricted food truck legislation Monday night upon the expiration of a six-month trial period of the current law.

The new ordinance allows food trucks to continue to operate in downtown Cleveland, but with a little more scrutiny. The vending areas remain the same:

· Much of East Ninth Street downtown
· North Coast Harbor
· Two quadrants on Public Square
· Willard Park
· Perk Plaza
· Areas around Cleveland State University
· Areas outside of the designated zones with permission of the respective Council member

The city said it examined feedback from food trucks, street vendors and restaurants to identify changes to the original April ordinance.

There were five major tweaks made to the bill:

1) Vendors must get $100 permit from the Division of Assessments & Licenses, which assigns a specific location to operate.

2) All food trucks will be required to carry a general liability insurance policy of $100,000.

3) Permitted locations have been broken down into three categories: public sidewalks, public streets and private property.

4) Any food truck manager must buy and wear a $60 identification badge from the city.

5) Council members will be notified of food shop applications and will have 15 days to approve, comment or disapprove them.

City council also asked that city leaders give yearly updates on how the law is working.

The council passed legislation earlier this year as a trial. The issue gained a lot of attention after Dim and Den Sum food truck owner Chris Hodge posted on Twitter that he wasn't going to be able to stay in business under the restrictions of the old law, which did not allow food trucks to operate downtown.

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