City of Bridgeton, MO
St. Louis County
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Section 685.010 Title.

[Ord. No. 11-45 §1, 9-7-2011]
This Chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Mobile Food Vendors Code".

Section 685.020 Definitions.

[Ord. No. 11-45 §1, 9-7-2011]
As used in this Chapter, the following words shall have the following meanings:
CATERING TRUCK
A motorized vehicle that includes limited kitchen facilities, such as a refrigerator case and a warmer unit with an attached griddle, for the sale of foods that are often prepackaged. Customer service is generally walk-up at the vehicle or by delivery into a building. Catering trucks include, but are not limited to, pickup trucks with a food vending attachment added to the bed with sides that open to display a refrigerated area for beverages, shelving for snacks or food items and hot beverages.
COLLECTOR
The License Collector of the City of Bridgeton.
FOOD VENDING CART
A mobile, non-motorized vehicle propelled by the operator or towed behind a vehicle, which includes limited kitchen facilities, such as a cold storage case or cooler, a warmer unit, a small griddle, and small sinks. Customer service is generally walk-up at the cart. Food vending carts include, but are not limited to, hot dog and frozen treat sales.
MOBILE FOOD VENDOR
A general classification of several types of mobile restaurants including, but not limited to, food vending carts, catering trucks, mobile kitchens, and temporary food stands, but excluding those vendors who continuously stop-and-go and do not park at any one (1) location to provide continuing service.
MOBILE KITCHEN
A motorized vehicle or tow-behind trailer, which includes kitchen facilities, such as plumbing, hot water, mechanical refrigeration, cooking equipment, and dry goods storage, used for the preparation and sale of food and beverages. Food and beverages are primarily served in disposable containers or disposable dishes. Customer service is generally provided at a counter or window in the vehicle. Mobile kitchens include, but are not limited to, concession trailers and trucks, mobile cookers, and barbeque pits.
RESTAURANT
Restaurant, coffee shop, cafeteria, short order cafe, luncheonette, tavern, temporary food stand, soda fountain, food vending cart, catering truck, mobile kitchen, and all other eating or drinking establishments, as well as kitchens or other places in which food or drink is prepared for sale elsewhere.
TEMPORARY FOOD STAND
A food and beverage service stand that is disassembled and moved from location to location, but which operates no more than thirty-two (32) days annually at any one location.

Section 685.030 License Required.

[Ord. No. 11-45 §1, 9-7-2011]
Mobile Food Vendors are "merchants", as such term is defined in Chapter 610 of this Code. Accordingly, every person shall, before doing or offering to do business as a mobile Food Vendor, procure from the Collector a business and occupation license in accordance with Chapter 610 of this Code. The issuance of such a business and occupation license shall be subject to the operator first acquiring the appropriate license or permit from the St. Louis County Health Department. Mobile Food Vendors shall pay to the Collector the "merchants tax" due under the provisions of Chapter 610 of this Code.

Section 685.040 Operational Requirements.

[Ord. No. 11-45 §1, 9-7-2011]
A. 
Mobile Food Vendors shall only be permitted in the zoning districts where such use is specifically defined as a permitted use in the Bridgeton Zoning Ordinance, provided that each respective Mobile Food Vendor receives written permission from the corresponding private property owner prior to operating on such property.
B. 
Mobile Food Vendors shall not be permitted to stand within public right-of-way or on the grounds of any government office, facility, public park, recreation area, or other similar public land within the City, which is under the control, operation, or management of the City.
C. 
Mobile Food Vendors shall be prohibited on vacant, unimproved, or unpaved lots.
D. 
Mobile Food Vendors shall not stand or operate within one thousand (1,000) feet of another Mobile Food Vendor. For purposes of this Section, the distance between any two (2) Mobile Food Vendors shall be measured in a straight line, without regard to the intervening structures or objects or political boundaries, from the closest exterior wall of the vehicle, trailer, etc. from which each Mobile Food Vendor is located.
E. 
Mobile Food Vendors shall provide a trash receptacle with a self-closing lid near the front of the vending counter for use by patrons. The area around the vending unit shall be kept clean and free from litter, garbage, and debris.
F. 
Mobile Food Vendors' vehicles and other equipment shall not be stored outdoors overnight on any property within the City other than property owned by the operator of the Mobile Food Vendor on which such operator has a fixed-based food service operation.
G. 
Mobile Food Vendors may utilize outside seating consisting of one (1) portable table with a maximum seating capacity of four (4).
H. 
No Mobile Food Vendor shall operate between the hours of 11:00 P.M. and 6:00 A.M.
I. 
Sales other than food and beverage items are prohibited.
J. 
Signage shall be contained to the surface of the Mobile Food Vendor's vehicle and shall conform with the requirements of Sections 515.050 and 515.080 of this Code (relating to Street Graphics).
K. 
The use by a Mobile Food Vendor of any temporary structure other than a vehicle or cart described in this Chapter is prohibited.
L. 
All exterior lights shall be designed so that the light source is shielded with an opaque material and is not visible at adjacent businesses or residences at a height greater than five (5) feet.
M. 
Mobile Food Vendors shall comply with the provisions of Section 205.410 of this Code (prohibited noises).
N. 
Mobile Food Vendors shall comply with all applicable Federal, State, and local laws, rules, and regulations, including, without limitation, applicable provisions of the Bridgeton Zoning Ordinance and all applicable St. Louis County regulations.

Section 685.050 Violation, Penalties, and Appeals.

[Ord. No. 11-45 §1, 9-7-2011]
A. 
A business and occupation license required by the Mobile Food Vendors Code may be temporarily suspended by the City Clerk, or his or her assigns, upon the violation by the holder of any of the terms of this Chapter.
B. 
The owner, manager, or operator of a Mobile Food Vendor that is in violation of this Chapter shall be punishable by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars ($100.00) for the first (1st) offense and not less than two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) for the second (2nd) and subsequent violations, which fines shall be recovered for the use of the City of Bridgeton. Each day that such unlawful act or violation continues shall be considered a separate offense. In addition, the City may seek recovery of costs and any other legal and equitable remedies as may be available to the City.
C. 
Any person aggrieved by the decision of the City Clerk to suspend a license shall have the right to appeal to the City Council. Such appeal shall be taken by filing with the City Council, within fourteen (14) days after notice of the suspension has been mailed to the licensee's last-known address as shown in the City's Mobile Food Vendor licensing records, a written statement fully setting forth the grounds for the appeal. The City Council shall set a place and time for hearing the appeal, and notice of such hearing shall be mailed to the licensee, postage prepaid, at his last-known address as shown in the City's Mobile Food Vendor licensing records, at least fifteen (15) days prior to the date set for hearing. The City Council shall have the authority to reinstate the permit, affirm the suspension, or fully revoke the permit. The decision and order of the City Council on such appeal shall be final and conclusive.