April 11, 2017; Liverpool, NS: Mobile food trucks will have access to a centralized location, reasonable fees and access to electrical service under an updated vending bylaw in the Region of Queens Municipality. At the Region of Queens Regular Council meeting on April 11, 2017, Council approved the first reading of Bylaw No. 16 – A Bylaw Respecting Vending, along with the installation of an electrical panel on the former Legion property on the Liverpool waterfront, which will be available for use by food truck vendors, as well as other activities and events on the waterfront. Bylaw No. 16’s updates will take effect following the second reading, scheduled for May 8, 2017.
Originally presented at the March 21, 2017 Committee of the Whole meeting, at that time Council had a number of comments, questions and concerns that were requested to be considered by staff when formulating a final version of the bylaw. Consultation with vendors and fixed roof food establishments in the Liverpool’s downtown area has resulted in modifications to the bylaw that are reflective of the options and input they provided, as well as the feedback from Councillors. It has been proposed that mobile food truck vendors wishing to sell in the downtown of Liverpool only will be situated in a central location on the Liverpool waterfront between Privateer Park and Centennial Park, known locally as the former site of the Legion. The mobile food truck vendors will have access to electrical service, if they desire, reducing noise from generators and their overhead costs.
Vending fees have also been adjusted to be more in line with those of other municipal units, with consideration made for festivals and events ($50 with a list of all vendors authorized to sell under their permit during the festival); vending licenses on a weekly ($25), monthly ($75) or annual ($150) basis; mobile canteen with electrical hookup ($100/month or $200/year); and an annual fee for a group of vendors ($200). Nonprofit groups and students who retain all profits from their sales are exempt from the fees when applying for a permit. Vendors and Mobile food truck vendors may vend between 6:30 a.m., and 11:30 p.m. daily. Vending permits may be issued at any point during the year, and expire on March 31 each year. The vending bylaw applies to vending on Municipal property only.
Overall, the updates to the vending bylaw should help improve the visitor and local experience on the Liverpool waterfront, while providing balance in responding to the needs of the mobile food trucks and the year round restaurant operators.