The city of Fayetteville is accepting applications starting Thursday April 17 for business owners who want to set up a food truck. The application period closes on April 30.
Three names will be drawn in the lottery on May 1.
Food trucks on private property have been around for years. However, this application has a different set of rules. Food truck vendors will be allowed to parallel park on public property such as any street or city park.
"I think the food truck lottery gets some excitement generated," said Andrew Garner, city planner. "It gets it out there that everybody has a chance but it's not going to be unlimited."
With the permit, the food truck has to be mobile. Depending on the location, they can stay up to four hours before they have to move to a different spot.
The ordinance prohibits mobile food vendors from parking in front of a restaurant. Its rules include complying with county health laws and paying a $100 fee.
The food truck lottery is part of a new ordinance passed by the City Council in March.
"I think the council was concerned with just having unlimited number of food truck vendors all over the city so with this we can police it and test out how it's going to work," Garner said.
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