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Lancaster, Penn., Code § 291 et seq. (current through Dec. 20, 2016)
Brief Summary
This law establishes a licensing scheme for cart vendors in central business districts and cart and truck vendors in neighborhood districts, including licensing process, standards of operation, and cart design standards. Carts in the business districts may sell "food products" or natural products, which are defined to include whole, uncut fresh produce. Neighborhood carts or trucks may only sell natural products.
Legal Strategies
Requires something, sets standards.
Reach
Community-wide
Food System Category: Distribute, Get
State: Pennsylvania
Jurisdiction Type: City
Jurisdiction Name: Lancaster
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
Yes. Refers to compliance with food safety laws, and inspections by the Health Officer.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
Yes. City council sought to "promote and facilitate the continued revitalization of [the city] . . . [and] increase the pleasurable experience of both shoppers and City residents and enhance the success of the existing merchant base . . " (291-1).
Does the law include findings (including jurisdiction-specific findings), or are there findings in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
No.
Does the law have a stated intent or purpose, or is there an intent or purpose in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. Purpose/intent section states: The Council, desiring to promote and facilitate the continued revitalization of Lancaster City by fostering a program which would positively contribute to the aesthetic appearance, vitality and excitement of the City, increase the pleasurable experience of both shoppers and City residents and enhance the success of the existing merchant base, finds and declares that the establishment of a strictly regulated sidewalk cart vendor and truck vendor program, limited as to number, location and type of vendor so as not to impede or be disruptive to orderly and efficient pedestrian use of the sidewalks or City areas such as parks and streets, nor unduly interfere with established business upon whose success the continued vitality of the City depends, would significantly and substantially contribute to the City's revitalization and be, therefore, in the public interest. (§ 291-1).
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. § 291-2.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Yes. See 291-6 and 291-12 (describing application and approval process).
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
Yes. Suspension or revocation of license (291-7 and 291-13); and/or " a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $600 for each and every offense, …. or [imprisonment] for not more than 90 days, or both" and any other legal remedies available (sec. 291-17).
Does the law include an evaluation component, beyond reporting on activity?
No.
Does the law require an extra or atypical financial or resource investment?
No.
Code context and ordinance history
Chapter 291, Vending; Article 1, Vending Carts and Trucks; amended by Ord. No. 15-2010 (Aug. 24, 2010).