The Oak Lawn Village Board will discuss regulating food trucks in the Village of Oak Lawn at its meeting Tuesday night.
Based on an ordinance that will be presented to the board for consideration, it will be unlawful for any food truck operator to prepare, store or sell food in the village without a license, which shall be valid from the months of June through October of the same year. Sales will be restricted to the hours of 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.
According to the proposed ordinance, only six licenses will be available. The ordinance states that the license limitation is based on the village’s interest in preserving public safety and avoiding traffic congestion.
A longstanding battle over Chicago’s food truck ordinance has made its way to the Illinois Supreme Court.
The city requires food trucks to use a GPS tracking device and prohibits them from parking within 200 feet of brick-and-mortar restaurants.
Mobile cupcake vendor Laura Pekarik sued the city of Chicago in 2012, arguing the ordinance governing food trucks is unconstitutional, and that it has been detrimental to her business. Oak Lawn’s ordinance does not have a prohibition regarding the distance a truck can park from a brick and mortar restaurant. The ordinance also does not have GPS requirements similar to Chicago.
Part of the application process for prospective licensees includes providing a copy of licenses and permits required by the Illinois Department of Public Health, which could include food handler certification training certificates and Illinois Food Services Sanitation Manager Certification.
The licensee will be prohibited from serving alcohol from the mobile truck. Anyone that violates the ordinance will be subject to a fine of an amount between $25 and $750 for each offense.