Murfreesboro approves food trucks; Applications accepted soon

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Murfreesboro City Council approved an ordinance Thursday night that will allow food trucks to operate within city limits.

The city will begin accepting permit applications on Monday, Nov. 28.

The ordinance passed on its second reading with some regulations:

  • City Parks was included to the public property where food trucks may operate. Operators must obtain written permission from the Park Department and comply with all of the rules and regulations of the Department.
  • Private property on which food trucks may operate is defined to “within commercial, office, educational, and industrial zoning districts.”
  • Food trucks may not operate on unimproved properties “unless that parcel is paved, has paved ingress and egress, and has on the parcel a principal structure with an operating restroom.”
  • The frequency food trucks may operate isno more than four days per calendar week at a location.”
  • Right-of-way restriction requires that “No mobile food service vehicle may remain in the right-of-way designated as a permitted food truck location non-operational and not open to the public for more than two hours.”
  • Food truck rallies, defined as 4 or more trucks in a single location on public or private property, require a Special Event Permit.

The annual fee for a mobile food service application permit is $50.

Click here to read the full ordinance.