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New Casper rules set allowing food trucks to stay downtown longer, plug in at OYD parking lot

Joshua Boutte works the fryers in the J & D’s Cajun Kitchen food truck in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Food trucks will be allowed to stay longer in a restricted area downtown after the Casper City Council voted 8–0 on Tuesday in favor of changes to parking rules for mobile vendors.

Food trucks and other mobile vendors will still be required to get permits to park and serve customers in the restricted area along 2nd Street between Durbin and David Streets, but will now be allowed to stay for up to three consecutive days. The previous rules allowed food trucks to park in the special area for a maximum of two days. The cost for the restricted-area parking permits will remain $25 and mobile vendors will still need a downtown business or property owner to sign applications requesting the permits.

In 2019, a requirement that mobile vendors get a health license from the City of Casper was removed from Casper’s ordinances.

“This was done due to the fact that mobile food vendors must obtain a food permit from the State of Wyoming and another from the County Health Department, and therefore Council believed it was a duplicate permit,” a memo from city staff said.

However, the requirement was not removed from the rules for mobile vendor parking permits in the restricted downtown area. The new ordinance changes remove that city health license requirement for food trucks getting permits to park along 2nd Street.

The ordinance changes also clarify that food trucks are able to park and serve out of city-owned parking lots like the Goodstein parking lot off of Collins Drive in the Old Yellowstone District. The city is leasing that parking lot from the state and built several special parking spots to accommodate food trucks when it renovated the lot in fall 2021.

The new rules also ensure mobile vendors can utilize electric outlets at the Goodstein lot for a $15 per day fee. Vendors will also have to provide a $300 damage deposit in order to utilize those outlets.

Another change relates to clean-up requirements for mobile vendors. Vendors are now responsible for clean-up in a 30-foot radius around where they park to operate. Under previous rules, vendors were required to clean up trash within a 90-foot radius of where they were operating.

Councilmember Bruce Knell was absent during Tuesday’s meeting, when the City Council approved the new mobile vendor parking ordinance on third reading.

The ordinance changes can be reviewed in the following document found in the City Council’s Tuesday, June 21 work packet: