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July 18, 2011 at 2:57 PM

Seattle council approves food trucks on the street

Posted by Beth Kaiman

From Staff reporter J.B. Wogan:

Food trucks will be able to set up shop on Seattle streets, instead of just on private lots, under a bill approved Monday afternoon by the City Council.

Trucks will not be allowed in residential neighborhoods, near high schools or within 50 feet of an existing food business. Some restaurant owners had expressed concern about competition from the trucks, which can do business more cheaply, in part, because they don't pay rent or property taxes.

Food-truck owners will pay the city a parking fee of $2.25 per hour for four-hour time slots, amounting to $9 per day.

The city plans to use a lottery system when more than one vendor applies for the same location and time.

Under current law, truck owners do business on private lots. In most cases, they pay rent to the land owners.

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