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A. Mobile Food Unit Licensing: It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in the sale of food or beverages to the public from a temporary or mobile facility within the corporate limits of the city of Clive without first obtaining a mobile food unit license from the city, in addition to any other state, federal, or county permits, certifications and licenses.
1. A mobile food unit license is an annual license that expires on April 15 each year and must be renewed prior to the first event after that date.
2. Each mobile food unit shall be licensed separately. No license transfer is allowed.
3. Although certain activities may be exempt from the licensing requirements of this chapter, any food service to the public in the city of Clive is expected to comply with all other local, county and state requirements for health inspections, licensing, safety and fire code requirements.
4. The following shall be exempt from this requirement:
a. Catering businesses.
b. Grilling and food preparation activities of brick and mortar establishments on the establishment's premises for immediate consumption by patrons or employees.
c. Concession stands associated with sports or recreational venues that have been approved as part of a site plan or permitted conditional use permit for the venue.
B. License/Inspection Fee(s): At the time of the submittal of a license application, the applicant shall pay to the city clerk the applicable license fee in addition to any applicable inspection fee(s).
1. The amount of the license and applicable inspections fee(s) shall be determined in accordance with an established fee schedule, which fee schedule may be modified from time to time with approval of the council.
2. Any licensee who surrenders their license prior to the date of expiration shall not be entitled to a refund of any portion of the fee.
C. Fire Department Inspection:
1. All mobile food units that have cooking facilities or use products with grease laden vapors (class III and class IV state licenses) shall be inspected by the fire department prior to initiation of business operations within the city.
2. Inspections are required annually and prior to issuance of a mobile food vending license. It shall be the obligation of the mobile food vendor to schedule the inspection with the fire department. Class I and II state license classifications are not required to meet this inspection requirement.
3. All class III and IV mobile food units shall have an acceptable fire suppression system, as determined by the Clive fire department.
4. Upon completion of the annual fire inspection, a certificate shall be issued to the applicant to verify completion of the fire inspection. Said certificate shall be kept in the vehicle during operation.
5. At the discretion of the Clive fire department, they may accept the inspection of the mobile food unit by another city's fire inspector to satisfy the annual inspection requirement. Applicant is obligated to contact the fire department to verify whether or not another community's inspection is adequate to fulfill obligation of city of Clive inspection requirements.
D. Mobile Food Unit Licensing Application:
1. Filing: Application requests shall be filed with the city clerk. No application request shall be accepted for filing and processing unless it conforms to the requirements of this title. This would include a complete and true application, all of the required materials and information prescribed, and is accompanied by the appropriate fees.
2. Timely Submittal: Unless otherwise provided herein, applications must be submitted not less than ten (10) calendar days prior to the proposed start date of the mobile food unit activities. The city reserves the right to reject any applications that have not been timely submitted to the city.
3. Applicant's Responsibility: Receiving approval of a mobile food unit license from the city shall not preclude, supersede, circumvent, or waive the applicant's responsibility to obtain any additional permits, licenses, and approvals for other applicable local, state, and federal regulations.
4. Application Contents: Application shall be made on a form provided by the city and shall include:
a. Full name of the applicant.
b. Applicant's contact information including mailing address, phone numbers and e-mail address.
c. State health inspection certificate with the classification level of the state license.
d. Description of the kitchen facilities, cooking facilities, preparation area, safety features (such as, but not limited to, suppression system) of the mobile food unit.
e. Photographs of the mobile food unit from the front, side and back.
f. Make, model and year of vehicle to be used and the license plate number.
g. Overall size of the vehicle; length and width.
h. Copy of fire department inspection certificate.
5. Character Of Applicant: Upon receipt of the complete application as required by this chapter, the police chief or a designee shall investigate the applicant as deemed necessary for the protection of the public health, safety, welfare and good.
a. Unsatisfactory Character And Business Responsibility: If, as a result of such investigation, the applicant's character and business responsibility are found to be unsatisfactory such that would harm the public good, the police chief may endorse on such application disapproval and state reasons for disapproval and return the application to the city clerk who shall notify the applicant in writing that the application has been disapproved, state the reasons for the denial, and the applicant's right to appeal under subsection D5c of this section.
b. Satisfactory Character And Business Responsibility: If, as a result of such investigation, the applicant's character and business responsibility are found to be satisfactory, the police chief may endorse approval on the application and shall return the application to the city clerk and the license may be issued.
c. Right To Appeal: Any applicant whose application for license was disapproved as under subsection D5a of this section may appeal to the city council at its next regularly scheduled meeting by filing with the city clerk a written request for an appeal to the city council at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting. As a result of this appeal, the city council may affirm, modify or reverse the decision of the clerk not to issue the license. If the application for license is denied, the applicant is not eligible for the issuance of a license under this chapter for a period of one year from the date of notification that the license application was disapproved, was served in person or deposited in U.S. mail.
6. Applications Deemed Withdrawn: Any application received shall be deemed withdrawn if it has been held in abeyance, awaiting the submittal of additional requested information from the applicant, and if the applicant has not communicated in writing with the city and made reasonable progress within thirty (30) days from the last written notification from the city to the applicant. The application fee is nonrefundable. Any application deemed withdrawn shall require submission of a new application and fees to begin a new review and approval process.
7. Issuance Of License: Upon completion of the review process and a determination of compliance with the applicable regulations, the city clerk will issue a mobile food unit license.
8. Modification Of License After Issuance: Should the mobile food vendor change the food or beverage being offered during the term of an issued license that would change the designation of the mobile food unit to a higher state licensing level classification, a new application and fire inspection shall be required.
E. Mobile Food Units On Public Property: No mobile food unit may be operated on public property except as part of an approved event under a public property special event permit issued by the city clerk's office or as authorized by the director of leisure services or their designee, within a city park or greenway. Requests for authorization to vend within a city park or greenway (not as part of a city permitted public property special event) may be submitted no less than five (5) days and no more than fifteen (15) days prior to the requested day of vending.
F. Unattended Mobile Food Unit: No mobile food unit shall be left unattended or stored on any site overnight, unless that property is under the ownership or control of (by way of a lease or other contractual agreement) the operator of the unit and is being done so in compliance with all other city code requirements or the mobile food unit is a participant in a multiple (contiguous) day, city permitted, public property special event. Any mobile food unit found unattended shall be considered in violation of these regulations and subject to license revocation, municipal infraction, towing, or any other action legally allowed.
G. Music And Sound Making Devices: The use of music or sound making devices as a part of a mobile food unit shall be prohibited, unless expressly allowed as part of an approved event.
H. Mobile Food Unit Performance Standards: Persons conducting business from a mobile food unit must do so in compliance with the following standards:
1. The mobile food vendor must obtain expressed written consent of the property owner or lessee to use the property on which they propose to operate. The written consent must be kept in the unit at all times that the unit is on the property. Written consent does not excuse or permit the violation of any other imposable regulations.
2. The operator of the mobile food unit shall display their city license in full view of the public in or on the unit.
3. Mobile food units shall only be allowed on nonresidential properties, except in the case of an approved residential block party or private catering arrangement, so long as it is in compliance with all other city code requirements related to residential property.
4. Mobile food units that are within three hundred feet (300') of a residential use or residentially zoned property, shall be limited to hours of operation between seven o'clock (7:00) A.M. and ten thirty o'clock (10:30) P.M.
5. A mobile food unit operating on nonresidential property (excluding those operating as part of city permitted "public property special event") may only do so during the usual posted business hours of the consenting business(es) of the property the mobile food unit is utilizing or during the posted hours of the city park being utilized. Mobile food units may enter a nonresidential property in order to set up to conduct business up to one-half (1/2) hour (30 minutes) prior to the usual posted opening time of the corresponding business or city park and must depart from the property no later than one-half (1/2) hour (30 minutes) after the usual posted closing time of the corresponding business or city park. In the case of operating a mobile food unit on nonresidential property where the corresponding business(es) does not have usual posted business operating hours or operates on a twenty four (24) hour type basis, the mobile food unit may not remain on the premises for longer than eighteen (18) hours and must depart for at least six (6) hours before reentering unless operating under an approved public property special event permit.
6. A mobile food unit operating on nonresidential property as part of a city permitted public property special event may only do so during the granted time period for the event.
7. Mobile food units must maintain a minimum separation between units of fifteen feet (15').
8. Mobile food unit operation is not a generally acceptable use of a nonresidential parking lot and may only be allowed if doing so does not diminish the usable number of parking spots within the lot to below the minimum threshold needed as established by the city site plan for the property. It is the joint responsibility of the property owner or lessee and mobile food unit owner to ensure that this provision is not violated. Exceptions to this rule may be applied for by way of a city approved temporary site plan amendment.
9. Mobile food units shall serve patrons which are on foot only; no drive-up service to the unit itself shall be provided or allowed.
10. The mobile food unit must be located on a paved surface, unless approved as part of a public property special event permit or through a temporary site plan amendment.
11. No mobile food unit may be located on a vacant property or lot with a vacant building. Exceptions to this rule may be granted by city staff after a review of the particular property and the vendor has been able to make arrangements to ensure safe and sanitary conditions. This would include, but is not limited to: employee access to restrooms, adequate access for fire and police personnel/vehicles, and that the site in general is free from hazards or dangerous conditions.
12. No mobile food unit may operate within one hundred feet (100') of a permanent restaurant or business offering food or beverage services unless they receive expressed written consent of the restaurant or business owner.
13. All mobile food units shall maintain a minimum separation from buildings, five feet (5') for state IA class I and II units and fifteen feet (15') for state IA class III and IV units, as measured to the closest building element including awnings or canopies, tents or membrane structures. Location of the food unit shall not impede pedestrians entering or exiting a building.
14. The window or area where a patron orders and receives their purchase shall be located so as to not require a patron to stand, or create a line that may cause pedestrians to be in the public right of way, vehicle travel lane, including parking lot drive aisles, or similar situation that may create a potential safety hazard. Adequate safe space for patrons waiting for their order must be available on the property where the mobile food unit is located.
15. With the exception of pushcarts as allowed herein, no mobile food unit shall be placed on a public or private sidewalk. Pushcarts may locate on or adjacent to a private sidewalk or public sidewalk, including the Clive Greenbelt Trails, only as part of an approved public property special event permit. However, a minimum forty eight inch (48") open walkway must be maintained for passing pedestrians. The placement of the pushcart shall be in such a manner so as to minimize encroachment into the forty eight inch (48") walkway by patrons waiting in line for service from the pushcart.
16. Signs are limited to those that are attached to the exterior of the mobile unit and must be mounted flat against the unit and not project more than six inches (6") from the exterior of the unit. No freestanding signs, banners, flags, or similar items are allowed. Off premises signs directing patrons to the mobile food unit are prohibited.
17. During business hours, the mobile food vendor shall provide a trash receptacle for use by customers.
18. The mobile food vendor shall keep the area around the mobile food unit clear of litter and debris at all times.
19. All mobile food units shall be located in such a manner as to not create a safety hazard, such as blocking emergency access to buildings and the site, obstructing access to fire hydrants, impeding entering and exiting from a building, creating a visual impediment for the motoring public at drive entrances, intersections, pedestrian crossings, or similar movement and access.
I. Property Owner/Lessee Responsibility: By allowing the mobile food unit on their property, the property owner or lessee jointly and severally with the vendor are responsible for compliance with this chapter and to ensure the safety of pedestrians and access of emergency vehicles to and around the site. Failure to do so could result in the property owner or lessee being party to any enforcement actions or penalties allowed by law. (Ord. 1030, 3-23-2017)