City of Spokane

Spokane Municipal Code

Title 17C
Chapter 17C.190
Section 17C.190.245

Title 17C Land Use Standards

Chapter 17C.190 Use Category Descriptions

Article III. Commercial Categories

Section 17C.190.245 Mobile Food Vending
  1. Characteristics.
    Mobile food vendors are firms engaged in the selling or offering for sale of prepared food products and beverages to the general public from a mobile food vending unit, which is a readily movable food service establishment such as a push cart, van, trailer, or a structure approved for mobile food vending by the Spokane regional health district. It provides space for limited storage, handling, and/or dispensing of foods. The entire operation must be contained within/on the mobile unit, except that expansion of the operation will be allowed in conjunction with an approved temporary event as allowed under the rules of the Spokane regional health district.

  2. Examples.
    Examples include mobile food vendors who vend from or onto a public sidewalk, plaza or right of way; mobile food vendors who vend from a location on private property; and, mobile vendors who are approved to vend at City parks or at special events.

  3. Exceptions.

    1. Mobile caterers who are engaged in the business of transporting, in motor vehicles, food and beverages to residential, business and industrial establishments pursuant to prearranged schedules and dispensing from the vehicles the items to and for the convenience of the personnel or occupants of such establishments are considered a retail sales service.

    2. Mobile food vendors who vend from very small pushcarts (twenty cubic feet of cart or less) on the public sidewalk and do not remain in any one place for more than ten minutes may choose to operate in accordance with the provisions of the itinerant vendor permit, SMC 10.40.010

Date Passed: Monday, June 23, 2014

Effective Date: Friday, August 8, 2014

ORD C35098 Section 9