City council in N. Fulton adjusts zoning laws to allow food trucks

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City council in N. Fulton adjusts zoning laws to allow food trucks

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David Barnes, AJC
The ordinance prohibits the sale of alcohol and items other than food and places restrictions on tenting, music, noise and signage.

Folks in Sandy Springs may start to see food trucks more often after a recent move by the city’s council.

At a meeting earlier this week, the council approved changes to the city’s zoning ordinance allowing food trucks to operate in commercial, mixed-use and perimeter-zoned properties.

The change in the ordinance allows food truck operators to obtain a yearly permit operating at up to five different properties with the option to apply for multiple permits.

“The demand for mobile food units has grown and our process to regulate food trucks on private property through our special events permitting process was time consuming and cumbersome for both the business owner and staff,” Jim Tolbert, the city’s assistant manager, said in a statement. “Under the new ordinance, the process is streamlined and ensures all needed requirements are met.”

Under the ordinance, food truck applicants must provide a valid city business license, a valid health permit from the Georgia Department of Public Health, written permission from the property owner, and must provide a sketch of the property outlining access and parking. Applicants must also follow all code requirements of the fire department related to ventilation and fire prevention. 

While ready-to-eat food can be sold out of trucks in Sandy Springs, alcohol won’t be.

The ordinance prohibits the sale of alcohol and items other than food and places restrictions on tenting, music, noise and signage.

Another rule in the ordinance is that food trucks cannot operate within 100 feet of single-family or two-family residential buildings. 

Tolbert added that the changes to the ordinance were discussed with both the Sandy Springs Restaurant Council, Savor Sandy Springs and the Chamber of Commerce, with all organizations expressing approval of the proposed changes.

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