Revised restrictions on food trucks in Islip will take effect next month after the town board this week moved to relax conditions set for food product vendors in the town code.
The town lifted a 30-year ban on food peddlers last July, allowing a total of 15 vendors townwide and a maximum of two per hamlet. But the town received only a few applications for food trucks and none were approved — because of the code’s restrictiveness, applicants said.
On Tuesday, the town voted to remove a requirement that peddlers keep their food trucks 1,000 feet from any restaurant or business that sells food “for immediate consumption.” They will still have to seek permission from the landowner where they wish to set up shop.
Previously, a strip mall owner might have granted permission for a hot-dog truck on mall grounds but the vendor’s application could be derailed by a tenant restaurant.
The new wording also will allow vendors to set up in the “industrial corridor district,” a stretch of property within 300 feet of either side of Veterans Memorial Highway between the Long Island Expressway and Sunrise Highway.
Food trucks still will be restricted from operating in residential neighborhoods, on state highways or within 500 feet of a state highway entrance or exit ramp, within 1,000 feet of any Islip Town park or recreation facility, within 1,000 feet of another licensed stationary peddler, and within 200 feet of a church or school.
Licenses will be limited to one per applicant, whether an individual or a corporation.
Other requirements include a fee of $150 a year for a mobile peddler and $500 a year per stationary peddler’s license. A peddler’s helper must also pay a fee of $50 a year and applicants are required to supply any criminal conviction history and undergo fingerprinting, among other requirements.
Above: Islip Town Hall