Establishes a cap on the amount of money a municipality may annually charge a mobile food vendor.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general business law, in relation to establishing fees for mobile food vendors; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon the expiration thereof
PURPOSE: This bill will place an annual cap on the amount of fees a municipality can charge on mobile food trucks and mobile food truck vendors.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends section 391 of the general business law by adding a new section S that establishes that no municipality, other than a city with a population of one million or more, may charge a mobile food vendor an annual fee of more than two hundred fifty dollars per mobile vending vehicle.
Section 1 also defines mobile food vendors as any person who hawks, peddles, sells, or offers food for sale at retail in any public space and such food items are presented to the public in a mobile vehicle, such as, but not limited to, a pushcart, car, van, or truck.
Additionally, Section 1 excludes any person who is solely delivering food that has been previously ordered and purchased from an established retail location.
Section 2 provides that this act shall take effect immediately and shall sunset after two years.
JUSTIFICATION: Food trucks are a growing industry throughout the state. This legislation imposes a statewide cap of $250 on the annual fees a municipality can charge (excluding New York City). Many local towns, villages and cities currently impose heavily inflated fees on these small businesses, which limits their growth potential and mobility.
Food truck licensing fees vary across the state, but often far outweigh fees charged on brick and mortar restaurants, sometimes by hundreds of dollars. Because they are a new and quickly growing industry, municipalities often develop regulations and fee schedules from scratch and without comparison or consultation with their peers throughout the state.
To curb this, and to set in place a more uniform standard for food trucks, this legislation limits the amount of annual fees to $250. In Cleveland, mobile food vendors pay a $100 permit fee and food truck managers must purchase a $60 identification badge from the city. Chicago, a city with a population of 2.7 million, charges $660 for a two-year permit.
In comparison, the City of Buffalo currently charges mobile food truck vendors a fee of $1,000, far above the national norm and prohibitive to the growth and expansion of this industry. This cap is both necessary and practical, affording this growing industry the ability to reach its full potential across the state.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed two years after such effective date.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7860 IN SENATE October 17, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sen. KENNEDY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules AN ACT to amend the general business law, in relation to establishing fees for mobile food vendors; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon the expiration thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The general business law is amended by adding a new section 391-s to read as follows: S 391-S. MOBILE FOOD VENDORS. 1. NO MUNICIPALITY, OTHER THAN A CITY WITH A POPULATION OF ONE MILLION OR MORE, MAY CHARGE A MOBILE FOOD VENDOR AN ANNUAL FEE OF MORE THAN TWO HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS PER MOBILE VENDING VEHICLE. 2. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, A MOBILE FOOD VENDOR IS ANY PERSON WHO HAWKS, PEDDLES, SELLS, OR OFFERS FOOD FOR SALE AT RETAIL IN ANY PUBLIC SPACE AND SUCH FOOD ITEMS ARE PRESENTED TO THE PUBLIC IN A MOBILE VEHICLE, SUCH AS, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, A PUSHCART, CAR, VAN, OR TRUCK. 3. THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL NOT APPLY TO ANY PERSON WHO IS SOLELY DELIVERING FOOD THAT HAS BEEN PREVIOUSLY ORDERED AND PURCHASED FROM AN ESTABLISHED RETAIL LOCATION. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed two years after such effective date.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD16562-03-2