Information on Food Trucks to be Presented to Cities Monday
PALM DESERT – Supervisor John J. Benoit has arranged for Blythe and Coachella Valley city officials to learn about Riverside County’s new food truck ordinance, which allows food trucks to operate throughout the county starting April 8.
A representative from the county’s environmental health department and a food truck consultant who works with local governments will make presentations at the Coachella Valley Association of Governments’ (CVAG) monthly executive committee meeting on Monday. The meeting will be at 4:30 p.m. at the CVAG offices in Palm Desert, 73-710 Fred Waring Dr., room 119.
“Riverside County has ‘freed the food trucks’ to give greater flexibility to these small businesses to offer their unique food choices to visitors and residents,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “I want to make sure cities have an opportunity to learn about the new rules and options for regulation, and have their questions answered.”
The Board of Supervisors last month approved an ordinance that expands opportunities to mobile food facilities, known as food trucks, for full service food preparation and sales on a daily basis in Riverside County and its 28 cities. Previously, food trucks could only operate with special event permits and food carts were limited to selling prepackaged items.
The new rules require mobile food facility operators to be permitted through the county annually, post letter grades to inform the public of operational conditions, have food manager and food handler certifications and undergo at least two annual inspections. Only food trucks manufactured after 2009 or upgraded or retrofitted to current construction standards will be allowed to operate in Riverside County.
Additional strict health and safety standards include enhanced enforcement and penalties for major violations, requirements for commissary use and use of available technology options for locating and inspecting during operation.
City governments will have the ability to regulate the time, place and manner of food truck operations within their jurisdictions through the municipal code.