A new set of laws that will create Seattle street food zones where the new era of mobile culinary delight-providers can park and do their thing passed out of committee Wednesday and will come before the full Seattle City Council.
CHS first reported on the early plans for the Seattle street food ordinance back in February. Seattle planners have considered Capitol Hill — especially Broadway — to be a ripe environment for creating areas where people can more or less expect to find street food vendors during optimal times of day.
The new ordinance proposal approved Wednesday includes a batch of compromises arrived at after weeks of public comment and City Council wrangling. Here’s a roster of changes the committee made to the original legislation — most, you’ll note, deal with issues around distance from things like schools and restaurants, public notice and enforcement:
The ordinance includes the fee schedules which, in the end, is also part of the big driver for putting this set of laws into action. The permit for food vehicle zones starts at $468 per day for a 4-hour period multiplied by the number of days per week a vendor wants the permit to be active. Add on a $344 administrative fee — or a whopping $688 for a 8p-6a permit — and you’re talking about a significant investment.
In the time that the City has deliberated the new law, Capitol Hill has seen food trucks take up permanent residence and a private property effort to establish a Capitol Hill night market street food pod on Saturday nights.
The new law set will also overhaul how SDOT permits things like sidewalk cafes and vendors. Committee on the Built Environment chair Sally Clark said she expected the full Council to vote on the ordinance Monday, July 18.