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(A) Site restrictions.
(1) A mobile food vendor on private property shall be subject to the following site restrictions:
(a) Mobile food vendors shall operate only upon paved surfaces, not within any required retention areas, and shall not block drive aisles or required parking spaces (§ 154-16).
(b) Each mobile food vendor must maintain a minimum of three paved parking spaces on the site designated for their customers' vehicles. These spaces are in addition to what is required for any existing business at the mobile vending site operating during concurrent hours. Tables and chairs may be used but cannot be located in required parking spaces.
(c) Mobile food vendors shall operate only at sites that provide access to a restroom that meet current City of Yuma Building Codes. Portable restrooms will not be recognized as a required restroom. This restroom must be available to the mobile food vendor(s) and their customers.
(d) The use of signs on the food vending unit and any associated vehicles may not break/ extend beyond the silhouette of the vehicle. All mobile food vendors are subject to the City of Yuma Sign Regulations (§ 154-17). A mobile menu board located no further than five feet from the food vending unit is allowed, but may not be placed upon or block any public sidewalk.
(e) Food vending units shall not be located within:
1. 20 feet of any street right-of-way;
2. Any visibility triangle;
3. 300 feet of the beginning of a freeway entrance ramp and the ending of a freeway exit ramp;
4. 125 feet of a residentially zoned property or residential use;
5. 150 feet of a customer entrance of a business that has a primary use classified as restaurant; or
6. 300 feet of any school property.
(f) Mobile food vendors shall obtain and maintain written permission from the property owner(s) to use the property on which the food vending unit is located. A copy of the written permission shall be provided to the City of Yuma on an annual basis in order to renew the business license, and shall be kept visible to the public, along with the current business license, in the food vending unit.
(g) Mobile food vendors shall obtain and maintain a mobile food unit permit from the Yuma County Health Department. A copy of this permit shall be provided to the City of Yuma on an annual basis in order to renew the business license. Upon revocation of the Yuma County Health Department permit, the City of Yuma business license will be suspended, whether temporarily or permanently.
(h) Only one mobile food vendor is allowed to operate one food vending unit at a mobile vending site. A conditional use permit, heard and decided by the Hearing Officer, is required for more than one mobile food vendor or food vending unit to locate at a mobile vending site.
(i) Exemptions. These provisions do not apply to itinerant vendors of non-food related items or seasonal itinerant vendors, as defined in § 154-01.07.
(B) Operational restrictions.
(1) Mobile food vending on private property shall be subject to the following operational restrictions:
(a) Mobile food vendors shall not operate between the hours of midnight and 5:00 a.m.
(b) All food vending units shall be removed from the mobile vending site during the hours of non-operation. Any accessory structure(s) used and/or associated with the food vending operation shall also be removed from the mobile vending site during hours of non-operation. This means that all food vending units and their structures shall be removed from the mobile vending site no later than midnight.
(c) The site upon which a food vending unit is operating shall at all times be kept clean and free from litter, garbage, rubble and debris. The mobile food vendor is required to provide their own trash can and to dispose of their own trash at appropriate places. This means that the food vendor(s) have the responsibility of maintaining a clean site, even if their customer(s) are not making the mess.
(d) Mobile food vendors shall not use bells, chimes, microphones, generators louder than 70 decibels at 10 feet, loudspeakers, amplified music, strobe lights, spot lights or any other audible or visual disturbance as a part of its mobile vending operation.
(Ord. O2014-20, passed 8-27-2014)