Mobile food to improve lunch breaks

Mobile food vendors will now pay less in fees and will have an easier permitting process to navigate. The reason? Supervisor Bevan Dufty’s mobile food and push cart legislation was approved unanimously Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors in a second and final vote.

The legislation is also meant to address conflicts that can arise between mobile food operations and brick-and-mortar businesses.

How it works: Businesses within 300 feet of where a mobile food operation applies to operate will be notified of a permit application and given 30 days to object. If there is an objection, a hearing would be held to determine a permit would be issued. No permits would be issued for locations in residential areas.

Instead of paying $9,411 for a permit, mobile food vendors will now pay $3,823 to operate in up to five locations. Renewal, which is needed each year, would cost $849, down from the existing $1,472.

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