The Board of Commissioners voted unanimously on July 24 to allow the sale of certain prepackaged foods on county rights of way, streets and sidewalks in unincorporated DeKalb from noon to 8 p.m.
The law will go into effect when it is signed by CEO Burrell Ellis.
Under the amendment, the items that can be sold are limited to ice cream, Popsicles, frozen desserts, candies, confections, chips, crackers, cookies, popcorn and pastries as well as canned and bottled drinks. It allows sales from pushcarts, bicycle carts, motorized carts and other types of motor vehicles.
The law requires a valid business occupation tax certificate and a license from the Georgia Department of Agriculture to be posted on the vehicle. The vendors are not allowed to operate next to properties where “No Soliciting” signs are posted or within 10 feet of any fire hydrant, driveway, crosswalks, intersections, bus stops or subway entrances and exits.
The vehicle may not park at one location for more than 15 minutes.
Recently, commissioners instructed staff to look into modifying the county ordinance that prohibited selling food from vehicles. The amendment was revised just before Tuesday’s meeting so that it would not apply to sandwiches.