[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Coatesville 6-24-2019 by Ord. No. 1524-2019. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to promote the health, safety, and general welfare of the stakeholders of the City of Coatesville by requiring that new and existing mobile food vehicles provide residents and customers with a standardized level of quality, safety, and cleanliness.
The provisions of this chapter shall apply to all mobile food vehicles engaged in the business of cooking, preparing, and/or distributing food or beverage with or without charge from a mobile food vehicle on or in public property or private property within the boundaries of the City of Coatesville.
This chapter shall not apply to mobile food vehicles selling ice cream or water ice, where such vehicle stops only on a temporary basis for purposes of making a sale or sales before it moves to a new location.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- The person, persons, or business entity who applies for a mobile food vehicle license.
- City of Coatesville, Chester County, Pennsylvania.
- MOBILE FOOD PREPARER
- Any person who, by traveling from place to place upon the public streets of the City, prepares and serves food from a mobile food vehicle.
- MOBILE FOOD VEHICLE
- A vehicle with three or more wheels in or on which food or beverage is cooked or prepared, and served to patrons or the public. The term shall include trucks and trailer hitch units used for food vending.
- MOBILE FOOD VEHICLE LICENSE
- A license issued by the City that authorizes a person or entity to maintain and operate a mobile food vehicle in the City.
- MOBILE FOOD VEHICLE OWNER
- The person, persons, or business entity who holds the mobile food vehicle's title.
- PRIVATE PROPERTY
- Any land, rights-of-way, roads or other real property owned, maintained, or otherwise under the control of any person or entity other than the City and not available for general use by the public.
- PUBLIC PROPERTY
- The public rights-of-way, City-owned property, and City established rights-of-way, including sidewalks.
- SPECIAL EVENT PERMIT
- A permit issued by the City pursuant to Chapter 192, for a special event, holiday, or other occasion for a finite duration.
- The act of selling food or drink.
- A person, persons, or business that sells food or drink.
License required. No person or business entity, including a religious or charitable organization, shall operate a mobile food vehicle in any public space or private space without a license issued by the City.
Individual licenses required. A separate mobile food vehicle license is required for each mobile food vehicle operating within the City, but in no event shall any mobile food vehicle owner be issued more than two licenses in any given year.
Compliance with other laws and regulations. In addition to the City's license requirements, all mobile food vehicles shall comply with all County of Chester and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania regulations and laws.
Application. There shall be made available by the City an application form to apply for each mobile food vehicle license. The application shall provide the following:
Submission of materials. Each application shall set forth and include the following information:
Applicant's information. The name, business name, business phone number, cell phone number, and address of the applicant;
Identifying information. The name, business name, business phone number, cell phone number, and address of the mobile food vehicle owner;
Vehicle information. Mobile food vehicle information including the following: business license number, vehicle make and model, vehicle identification number (VIN), license plate, proof of valid registration and insurance;
Vehicle vending information. Mobile food vehicle vending information, including types of goods to be sold and proposed hours of mobile food vehicle vending;
Restrooms. Proof of access to restroom facilities for the use of the mobile food vehicle preparers;
Inspections. Certification that the mobile food vehicle has passed all necessary inspections required by the City, the County of Chester, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania;
Interior design. Mobile food vehicle interior design showing all features, including the location of the handwashing sink for mobile food vehicle preparers; and
Complete applications required. No action shall be taken on any application for a license under this chapter until the application has been completed in its entirety and all application fees have been paid in full. There shall be no proration of fees under this section.
Duration. A mobile food vehicle license shall be valid for the 12 months immediately following the issue date and the expiration date shall be clearly set forth on the license when issued.
Renewal process. All mobile food vehicle license holders shall apply for renewal not less than 30 days nor more than 90 days prior to the expiration of the mobile food vehicle license.
Submission. All initial license applications and all renewal license applications shall be submitted to the City Manager or his/her designee.
License display. Mobile food vehicle licenses shall be prominently displayed at a location on the side of the mobile food vehicle facing those to whom food or beverages are to be sold or dispensed, and where it can be easily seen and read.
Owner; authorized mobile food preparer. Only mobile food owners and their authorized mobile food preparers shall be permitted to operate a mobile food vehicle within the City's borders.
Vending shall only occur between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Mobile food vehicles shall not arrive prior to 6:00 a.m.
Mobile food vehicles shall be removed from the streets every night by 11:00 p.m.
Mobile food vehicles shall not be parked or stored on the streets or public parking lots of the City between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
All mobile food vehicles shall comply with City parking regulations and ordinances.
If a mobile food vehicle is parked at a metered parking space, the mobile food vehicle shall pay the parking meter as required by the City.
Mobile food vehicles shall not park within 25 feet of a fire hydrant measured linearly from the two closest surfaces of each to the other.
Mobile food vehicles shall not park within 50 feet of any principal customer entrance to any restaurant or food establishment within the City measured linearly from the surface of the mobile food vehicle to the closest edge of the entrance of the restaurant or food establishment.
Service. Mobile food vehicles shall only serve customers from the side of the vehicle facing the sidewalk, if vending from a roadway, street, or other thoroughfare.
Trash. All mobile food trucks shall offer a waste container for public use that the operator shall empty at his own expense. Waste containers shall be placed not more than five feet from the side of the vehicle from which food or beverage is served and shall not obstruct or impede any sidewalk, roadway, street or parking space.
No tanks, generators, or other equipment that is not affixed to and part of the mobile food vehicle shall be placed within the public rights-of-way.
No temporary signs used as part of the mobile food vehicle vending operation shall impede or block any sidewalks, roadways, or other public rights-of-way within the City.
No awnings or canopies associated with a mobile food vehicle shall impede or block any sidewalks, roadways, trafficways, paths, or other public rights-of-way of the City. All awnings or canopies associated with a mobile food vehicle shall be not less than 84 inches above the ground when opened or deployed, as measured vertically from the highest point on the ground located under the area covered by such awning or canopy.
All special permits shall be issued pursuant to Chapter 192, which shall govern the location and times of operation for all licensed mobile food vehicles.
The owner of the mobile food vehicle shall, during the application process and as a condition of being issued a mobile food vehicle license, sign an agreement to indemnify, defend, and keep harmless the City of Coatesville, its officers, elected officials, employees, and agents from and against any and all actions, suits, demands, payments, judgments, costs, and charges caused by the existence of the mobile food vehicle and all damages to persons or property resulting from or in any manner caused by the presence, location, use, operation, installation, maintenance, replacement, or removal of such mobile food vehicle or by the acts or omissions of the employees or agents of the applicant or mobile food vehicle owner in connection with such mobile food vehicle operation.
The owner of the mobile food vehicle shall obtain and maintain a general liability insurance policy in an amount not less than $500,000 and provide proof of same to the City at the time of application. All insurance policies shall be issued by companies qualified to do business in Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. All policies shall name the City as an additional insured and shall provide that any cancellation or reduction in coverage shall not be effective unless 30 days' prior written notice thereof has been given to the City.
Neither the provisions of this section nor any damages recovered by the City shall be construed to limit the liability of the owner of the mobile food vehicle for damages.
Violations; persons liable. It shall be unlawful and a violation of this chapter for any person to violate any provision of this chapter and any such violation shall subject such person in violation of this chapter to the issuance of a criminal citation and the penalty provisions set forth in this section.
Fine for violation. Any person violating any provision of this chapter shall be subject to the payment of a fine of not less than $50 for the first offense, not less than $100 for the second offense and not more than $1,000 for the third and subsequent offenses, plus the cost of prosecution, which includes attorney fees. Each day a violation continues to exist shall constitute a separate and distinct violation of this chapter.
Enforcement. The City of Coatesville Police Department shall enforce the provisions of this chapter in addition to any County of Chester and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania departments or other governmental agency having jurisdiction over the operation of mobile food vehicles.
Revocation, suspension, or modification of license. A license may be revoked, suspended, modified, or not renewed upon being found guilty of a third or subsequent violation of this chapter.
Costs of prosecution. All offenders convicted of violating any section of this chapter shall pay the costs of prosecution, including attorney fees, in addition to any fine and court costs.
Proceedings may be commenced against a person violating this chapter, the Motor Vehicle Code, and the Crimes Code, and commencement of any such proceedings shall not constitute an election of remedies preventing the commencement of the other proceedings against such violator.