Tupelo City Council approves mobile vendor ordinance

The Tupelo City Council has given unanimous approval to a mobile vendor ordinance that will regulate food trucks in the city.

Posted: Nov. 6, 2018 11:25 PM
Updated: Nov. 8, 2018 9:14 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The Tupelo City Council has given unanimous approval to a mobile vendor ordinance that will regulate food trucks in the city.

The ordinance only clarifies rules already on the books, according to City Attorney Ben Logan. Truck operators will be required to have a permit from the city, a privilege license and a state health department permit. Vendors will also be required to list Tupelo on their sales tax paperwork filed with the state even if their business is based out of another town. 

As for parking, truck operators will not be allowed to block roads or sidewalks nor can they block the view of intersections, Logan said. Vendors will have to park in marked places and have liability insurance if parked on public property. There is no restriction on how close they can park to brick and mortar restaurants in the city. 

City council members Nettie Davis and Willie Jennings were absent from Tuesday night's meeting. 

However, the mobile vendor ordinance does not have the support of Mayor Jason Shelton. 

"I do not support any unnecessary regulations that make doing business more difficult or negatively impact the quality of life opportunities," Shelton said. "The new regulations on these businesses will go into effect without my signature or support." 

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