Food truck lottery application period opens April 17

A customer order food from the Hammontree’s Grillenium Falcon grilled cheese food truck in the Fayetteville.

Photo: Todd Gill, Flyer staff

Food truck owners who want to operate in public areas in Fayetteville have until the end of April to submit their names for an upcoming lottery drawing.

New food truck laws were enacted last month to allow mobile vendors the opportunity to set up shop in public parking spaces or inside city parks. One-third of all vendors who apply each year will be awarded a permit through the lottery drawing, with a minimum of three permits granted each year.

Applications will be accepted Thursday, April 17 through Wednesday, April 30. The lottery drawing will be conducted on May 1, and the winners will be contacted on that day, according to Serina Tustin, the city’s Development Services Administrator. Applicants who wish to have their names in the drawing should contact Tustin at 479-575-8242 or [email protected].

Lottery winners must be up to date on their annual $100 mobile vendor fee before doing business in public areas. They must also comply with all health laws, and pay appropriate parking fees when parked in public parking spaces.

Food trucks operating on public property are limited to parallel parking spaces and must fit completely into one space. Food trucks can only sell food from the sidewalk-facing side of their truck, and are prohibited from parking on the same side of a street directly in front of a restaurant or a parking pay station. They must also move (or “bump”) to a new location at least 325 feet away every four hours.

Permitted vendors who want to sell food in a city park must first get approval from the Parks and Recreation Division, and are not allowed to work in areas that are being actively served by contracted concessionaires.