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Merrimack Valley

February 3, 2014

New rules proposed for food trucks

Andover following North Andover's lead in pursuing licensing process

ANDOVER — Food trucks in town could soon come under new rules for where and how they operate if a new bylaw is approved.

The Planning Board will seek Annual Town Meeting approval this spring for a new food truck license and regulation process that would be governed by the Board of Selectmen.

The article was created because the town has “had more interest in mobile food vendors, so we wanted to make sure they’re (licensed) in an orderly fashion, as we do with any building restaurants,” Town Planner Jacki Byerly said.

If approved, the bylaw would give selectmen “the ability to grant a license to mobile food vendors, set a fee for that license and establish regulations,” Byerly said. The terms of those regulations would be up to the selectmen to set, she said.

A similar bylaw was approved last year by North Andover’s Town Meeting and a committee formed to draft the new regulations is expected to make a presentation to the Board of Selectmen there later this month.

Currently, food trucks in Andover must obtain a license to operate from the Board of Health. That approval would remain in place separate from the new bylaw, according to Health Director Tom Carbone.

“We do a plan review. We look to make sure they comply with the applicable codes,” Carbone said. “They’re required to have a couple agreements in place. They have to start their day and end their day at a licensed facility that meets certain requirements.”

The fresh set of regulations would address whether “the public good is served” by the business, the proposal reads. The regulation focuses on whether “the traveling public will be inconvenienced in its use of the public ways and sidewalks, whether the business has sufficient parking and whether the public safety is protected,” it says.

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