Proposed changes to Chapel Hill’s food truck regulation drew criticism from town business owners during Wednesday’s Chapel Hill Town Council meeting.
The changes would reduce the $600 annual fee imposed on food trucks and allow more trucks to participate in special events like food truck rodeos.
With the stringent terms of the current ordinance, only one food truck, Baguettaboutit, operates in Chapel Hill.
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The Chapel Hill Town Council is considering making the following changes to its food truck ordinance, which was adopted in January 2012:
- Reducing the $600 annual fee required of all food trucks looking to locate to Chapel Hill. The reduction could impact the town’s ability to conduct inspections.
- Loosening restrictions on food trucks participating in special events by creating a “specialty market operator” position to coordinate events including school festivals and birthday parties.
Tracy Livers, owner of the Olde North State BBQ food truck, said the $600 annual fee is the biggest barrier to coming to town.
“For me that $600 off the bat is just a huge leap of faith because you’re investing money into a site, and you don’t know if there is going to be any sales or not,” she said.