In an effort to continue to support Adelaide’s flourishing mobile food scene, Adelaide City Council has developed a set of mobile food vending guidelines and is inviting the community to give their feedback.
The proposed guidelines aim to provide mobile food vendors with a more streamlined registration process and ensure they can continue to operate without compromising the interests of established businesses.
Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood said the consultation would enable the general public and businesses in the city to have a say on the popular food truck movement and the proposed guidelines and permit system.
“Mobile food vendors have really helped us enliven the city over the past 18 months and we want to support them continuing in a more professional way while also balancing the needs of city businesses,” Stephen said.
“This is an opportunity for business owners, food van operators and members of the public to all have their say on how the vendors will operate.”
The proposed guidelines have been developed in consultation with the mobile food vendors and from feedback and concerns raised by local businesses.
The mobile food vending pilot began in 2011 as part of the Splash Adelaide initiative, a partnership with Adelaide City Council and the State Government to create a vibrant city. To date, 52 permits have been issued to mobile vendors and the demand continues to grow.
Feedback from vendors has indicated that the program has provided them with opportunities to test new ideas and products on a smaller scale before moving into fixed premises.
Proposed within the guidelines is a dedicated App which would enable people to find out where the food vans are, their operating times and the food on offer.
The guidelines are available for public consultation from 18 February to 10 March via the yoursay.adelaidecitycouncil.com website.
The results of the consultation will be brought before Council in April with the guidelines set to come into place from the 1 July.
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