The City often gets questions from residents regarding food trucks, and what is and what is not allowed. Arden Hills, like other cities, has ordinance requirements that dictate how food trucks can operate within the City. If a food truck wants to operate in the City, it must apply for a license with the City; having the food trucks get a license ensures each food truck is insured, meets public health requirements, and is inspected by the Fire Marshal. These steps are critical in promoting public safety and public health for vendors that want to sell food to Arden Hills' residents.
The City's ordinance also stipulates that food trucks may operate on private property, residential or commercial, but only for catered private events, such as graduation parties or corporate gatherings. This stipulation is designed to minimize disruption to the neighborhood, and keep food trucks off public streets to allow for the safe flow and movement of traffic, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Residents interested in hosting food trucks or food trucks interested in operating in the City can always reach out to City Staff for more information. Below are a few highlights from the Ordinance:
- Food trucks must obtain a license from the City (this license includes: proof of insurance, proof of Department of Health licensing) and be in compliance with National Fire Protection Association’s Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations.
- Food trucks must have written permission from the property owner they are operating on and may only operate in a City park or on City property and rights of way with prior written approval by the City and as specified in the permit.
- Food trucks may be used for private parties, such as graduation parties or weddings, but cannot serve the general public.