City of Columbia to consider changing mobile eatery ordinance

Photo Credit: FILE

COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Columbia's City Council is set to take up amending an ordinance governing temporary vendors or food trucks in the city limits. The city's Code Enforcement Task Force would require the food truck operator to get written permission from the property owner where the merchant intends to operate. Food truck operators would also be limited to no more than three sales per location, per year. Read the proposed amendment by clicking here. City staff say they've received numerous complaints about mobile restaurants from brick and mortar restaurateurs, ranging from health and safety issues to equity.

Related Stories... Restaurants take their shows on the road in Midlands Columbia chef opens gourmet restaurant on wheels

A food vendor located next to a restaurant has not had to make the same capital investment as a traditional restaurant, according to some petitioners.

A Facebook group supporting Columbia's food trucks and carts is defending the current ordinance.

Columbia Zoning Administrator Johnathan Chambers tells WACH-Fox he's willing to answer questions about the ordinance, but was unable to meet with us Wednesday.

What do you think about mobile food vendors in Columbia? Should they operate under a stricter ordinance, or are the current rules enough? Leave a comment below to weigh in with your thoughts.