Mobile Food Vending Program

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Proposed Operating Standards

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If you cannot attend the open house on November 7, from 4-6 pm please review the proposed operating standards below and submit your comments online

Mobile Food Vending-When Allowed

(1) It shall be a violation to engage in mobile food vending within the City of Franklin, whether on public or private property, unless authorized by the City of Franklin through:

  • the issuance of a Mobile Food Vending Permit; and
  • having obtained all necessary business licenses and any applicable permits, licenses or certifications from the state of Tennessee, Williamson County which includes the Williamson County Health Department; and
  • operate only on private property within zoning districts that permit restaurant uses within the City of Franklin, as part of a Special Event Permit, or within a City of Franklin public park as approved by the City of Franklin; and
  • the delivery of food shall be from a Mobile Food Vehicle or Push-Cart as designed for mobile food vending.

Permitting Requirements

(1) Prior to operating a mobile food vehicle or push cart as defined in this article, operators shall obtain a Mobile Food Vending Permit from the City of Franklin.  A Mobile Food Vending Permit shall only be granted after a Mobile Food Vending Permit Application has been approved by the City of Franklin Zoning Administrator or their designee.

(2) The vendor shall submit a Mobile Food Vending Permit application as approved in form by the City Attorney.  Applicants for a Mobile Food Vending Permit under this chapter must file with the Building and Neighborhood Services Department a notarized written application containing the following:

  • Name of applicant/vendor.
  • Complete permanent home address and business address of the applicant.
  • A brief description of the nature of the business and the good to be sold.
  • The length of time for which the right to do business is desired.
  • A statement as to whether the applicant has been convicted of any crime or misdemeanor or for violating any municipal ordinance; the nature of the offense; and the punishment or penalty assessed therefor.
  • Other cities or towns, if any, where applicant carried on business immediately preceding the date of application.

(3) The vendor shall be subject to a Mobile Food Vending application fee as determined and listed in Appendix A-Comprehensive Fees and Penalties.

(4) Mobile Food Vending Permits shall expire December 31 of each year concurrently with the annual business license, and shall be subject to annual renewal.  Mobile Food Vending Permits issued between January 1 and June 30 shall pay the full permit fee as provided in Appendix A-Comprehensive Fees and Penalties.  Mobile Food Vending Permits issued between July 1 through December 31 shall pay a prorated permit fee of 50 percent of the fee listed in Appendix A-Comprehensive Fees and Penalties.

Operational Requirements

(1) General Requirements. Unless otherwise specifically approved by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen the following operational requirements shall apply to all Mobile Food Vendors:

  • Provide access to permanent or portable restroom facilities when the mobile food vehicle is open for business three (3) hours or greater in duration except when:
  • when part of permitted special event.
  • when the restroom facilities are on the same parcel and available to the general public where the Mobile Food Vehicle is operating.
  • Mobile food vehicles may operate only on properties within zoning districts that permit restaurant uses as listed in the City of Franklin Zoning Ordinance or, as part of a City of Franklin permitted Special Event or, private events hosted by Homeowners's Associations or similar neighborhood groups within the neighborhood or subdivision
  • Trash receptacles and private waste disposal services shall be provided.
  • Tables, chairs, temporary signage shall be stored, out of sight when not open for business.
  • No amplified music.
  • Separate sanitary sewer and water taps and/or temporary or permanent electric and/or gas services are prohibited.
  • Business Access. No Mobile Food Vehicle shall operate in a location or manner that impedes access to or from another business, or otherwise may interfere with access to emergency areas, paths, or facilities.
  • Pedestrian Access.
  • Mobile Food Vehicles shall not reduce the pedestrian clear path of travel on sidewalks or multi-use paths to less than four (4) feet.
  • Mobile Food Vehicles shall provide no less than six feet, eight inches (6'8") of clearance under awnings and canopies.

(2) Operation on Private Property.  Any Mobile Food Vehicle operating on private property under a Mobile Food Vending Permit shall be subject to the following operation requirements:

  • Compliance with all General Requirements listed above.
  • Mobile Food Vehicles must obtain written permission from the owner of the private property on which the mobile food vehicle will operate.
  • Mobile Food Vehicles may not operate on unimproved properties without a paved driveway entrance leading to the street right-of-way.
  • Mobile Food Vehicles operating on private property shall not be parked within ten (10) feet of a public right-of-way.
  • Permitted Time of Operation. _TBD by BOMA_
  • Moving of vehicles when not open for business. _TBD by BOMA_
  • The sale of alcohol or alcoholic mixed beverages shall be prohibited.
  • Signage.
  • Permitted signage may include affixed signs on the exterior of the mobile food unit, and one menu or sandwich board style sign, not to exceed three (3) feet in width by four (4) feet in height, and may be placed outside the accompanying mobile food unit only during hours of operation.

(3) Operation on Public Property

  • Compliance with all General Requirements listed above.
  • Mobile Food Vehicles may operate at times and locations as approved by the City Administrator or their designee.
  • Operation within public right-of-way or on public property shall be as approved by Special Event Permit or the City Administrator or their designee
  • Canteen Vehicles or Ice Cream Vehicles are not regulated by this ordinance provided they operate:
    • are not stationary for more than ten (10) minutes.
    • not impeding the flow of traffic.
    • and in the case of Canteen Vehicles, operating within active construction sites.
  • Ice Cream Vehicles may operate on private property for a special occasion (i.e. birthday, graduation, etc.) with written permission of the property owner.

Mobile Food Vending in City of Franklin Public Parks

(1) Compliance with all General Requirements listed above.

(2) Mobile Food Vehicles are limited to vending in park properties during regular park hours only.

(3) At the discretion of the Parks Director, or their designee, the Parks Department shall at their discretion advertise for and accept proposals from mobile food vendors desiring to vend in City of Franklin public parks.  At minimum, any proposal shall include the following:

  • Proof of any required licenses and permits.
  • Proof of background check by City of Franklin (Finance Department?)
  • A picture and written description of the mobile food unit proposed to be used
  • A list or menu of proposed items for sale
  • Operate only within the designated area at approved park properties.  Mobile Food Owners and Vendors are prohibited from using a push cart or circulating throughout the premises of the park properties in any manner.

(4) Allocation of park locations is on a first come first served basis with a limit of two (2) Mobile Food Trucks per park.  These spaces must be reserved by calling the Parks Department in advance.

(5) Vendors shall not provide or allow any dining area, including but not limited to tables, chairs, booths, bar stools, benches, tents, and stand-up counters.  Not to include existing park dining areas.

(6) Mobile Food Vehicles and all associated equipment must be removed from the park at the end of each day. The Mobile Food Vehicles an any equipment are not permitted in the park overnight at any time.

(7) Mobile Food Vehicles shall provide a trash receptacle for the collection of waste material.  Trash collected or generated by Mobile Food Vehicles shall not be placed or disposed of in a park or park facility trash receptacle.  Vendors shall remove all trash and litter from park grounds within fifty (50) feet of their Mobile Food Vehicles.  Recycling is encouraged, and must also be removed from park property at the responsibility of the Mobile Food Vendor.

(8) Any power and electrical required for operations shall be self-contained and vendors are prohibited from using utilities drawn from the park property unless specifically authorized in writing by the City of Franklin Parks Department.

(9) A financial proposal for the payment to the City of Franklin for the privilege of vending within the City park.

(10) At the discretion of the Parks Director, or their designee, the Parks Department shall reserve all rights to revoke a Mobile Food Vending Permit with City of Franklin Parks should an operator or mobile food unit fail to comply with standards of this section or including, but not limited to the following reasons:

  • The Licensed vendor or operator engaged in conduct of character that was misleading, deceptive or fraudulent.
  • The licensed vendor or operator engaged in untruthful or deceptive advertising.
  • The licensed vendor or operator engaged in conduct detriment to the health of park patrons, including but not limited to intimidation, or verbal, physical and/or sexual assault.
  • The licensed vendor or operator failed to maintain or acquire any permits required by this ordinance.