In August, the Spearfish City Council is scheduled to consider a revised proposal to clarify license requirements for mobile food and beverage vendors. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, the original proposal was meant to come before the council in May but was delayed.
City staff recently met with stakeholders representing both mobile and in-building food vendors from the area to aid in drafting the proposed ordinance. Currently the regulations state that all owners of commercially-zoned private property who allow vendors to sell goods on that property are first required to obtain a $500 license that allows the owner to let vendors sell their goods on the commercially-zoned property, under section 10-270 of Spearfish city code. This requirement would be repealed under the new proposal.
The new proposal states that mobile food and beverage vendors would need to apply annually for a mobile food license with the city at a cost of $250. This license would be dependent on the attainment of a sales tax license, state Health Department food licenses, and an insurance policy that covered operation in Spearfish. The licensing fee would not apply during city-approved special events, as long as the vendor received sponsor authorization and operate in Spearfish only during the approved event, or to vendors operating on public or private property for a one-time event lasting less than three days.
The new ordinance goes on to explain what areas vendors are permitted to operate in, as well as those they are prohibited from operating in. Vendors would also required be to provide trash receptacles and cleanup.
City licenses under this proposed ordinance would be subject to revocation by the city council for any violations of city code, state law, or city ordinance. Council members will be providing feedback on the proposal prior to its first formal reading, which is scheduled for August 6th. The public hearing and second reading is scheduled for August 20th.
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