This Bill passed the Senate 23-1 and the House 73-0.
Libertas Institute supports this bill.
In a public policy brief late last year, we outlined the many regulatory burdens faced by food truck owners throughout Utah as a result of duplicative and redundant ordinances and fees required of them by city governments.
Specifically, this bill would:
- establish a reciprocity system so food truck owners don’t have to obtain a business license in each city in which they desire to operate;
- prohibit cities from establishing protectionist boundaries around restaurants in which food trucks are denied the opportunity to operate;
- prohibit cities from denying a business license for a food truck on the basis of the applicant’s criminal history;
- require that counties honor health and fire permits issued in other counties; and
- streamline event permits and other regulations.
This is a great start towards freeing up the market for food truck owners who currently struggle to succeed.