Council Approves Food Trucks Pilot Project

Jun 21, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The Urban County Council has unanimously approved a six-month pilot project allowing food trucks to set up in public street parking spaces. 

The vote ended what had been a contentious two year situation pitting Food truck owners against downtown brick and mortar establishments.

Under the terms set forth by the Lexington Parking Authority, which monitors the city’s parking meters, food trucks will be allowed to set up on public streets in six designated zones, for two hours between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.  However, between the hours of 5 p.m. and 3 a.m. they can set up anywhere downtown. 

Mobile food vendors can set up on any city street between 7 a.m. and 3 a.m. on weekends, provided they respect a 100 foot buffer from any open business and stay at least 100 feet away from a residential area.

Council member Shevawn Akers, who chaired the food trucks workgroup, says the entrepreneurs will have to fill out a one-page application to participate in the pilot project and pay a $25 fee. The application form will be available on Monday.