Food trucks in Nanaimo will have more places to do business thanks to changes in the business licence administered by city hall.
Nanaimo councilors gave second reading to the Business Licence Amendment Bylaw that allows food trucks and trailers to operate in more locations and on specific city streets.
“Prior to this we didn’t have any availability for food trucks to operate on city streets,” says Nelda Richardson, Manager of Development Support Services and Business Licencing for the City of Nanaimo. ”We’ve always had them in parks. Now we’ve opened it up for them to be on streets in specific places.”
Mark Chandler, founder of the Vanisle Food Trucks group, says it is good news as everything is moving forward for food trucks to operate more in Nanaimo.
“That’s the overall goal, to see food trucks in all areas, not just parks.”
He says food trucks have been able to operate more at locations in Parksville such as the community park.
“We worked closely with the chamber of commerce and they were in contact with food truck operators,” says Chandler.
The locations for food trucks in Nanaimo now include Bowen Park, Brechin Boat Ramp, Departure Bay park, Harewood Centennial Park, Loudon Park, Maffeo Sutton Park, May Richards Bennett park, Pioneer Park, Merle Logan Field, Pipers Lagoon Park and Westwood Lake Park.
The streets are located in the downtown core and include; Front Street, Church Street, Chapel Street, Gordon Street, Wallace Street and Commercial Street.
Food trucks can also operate on private property. The license fee for the food trucks ranges from $265 a year for private property operators up to $790 a year which includes every location. The business license amendment will be considered for final reading on Jan. 18.