Zeiger bill to ease food truck permitting process heard in Senate committee

State Sen. Hans Zeiger’s bill to make it easier to obtain a permit to operate a food truck moved forward today when it was heard in the Senate Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources and Parks Committee.

Senate Bill 5218 would require local regulatory authority to grant a permit to an applicant who wants to operate a mobile food unit in its jurisdiction if the applicant already holds a valid mobile food unit permit from another jurisdiction.

“This bill would make it easier for food trucks to operate in the state of Washington,” said Zeiger, R-Puyallup. “As it stands, local plan review applications for operating permits are costly and time-consuming. This bill would allow food truck vendors that have a valid permit in one jurisdiction to use that permit in another jurisdiction if they meet certain requirements. This bill also provides some relief to food truck vendors when it comes to the plan review application process. I think is a common-sense bill that will be good for our local economies.”

Zeiger has seen the growth of new food truck businesses in his hometown of Puyallup. The Puyallup City Council recently approved a pilot program to relax some of the city’s regulations on food truck vendors.