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Somerville, Mass., Code ch. 8, art. XV, § 8-367 (Aug. 16, 2017)
Brief Summary
Law includes standards for receiving a mobile food vendor license, conditions of operation; also encourages offering of some healthy options and use of compostable materials and energy-efficient resources.
Legal Strategies
Requires something, sets standards.
Expressly allows something.
Reach
Community-wide
Food System Category: Distribute, Get
State: Massachusetts
Jurisdiction Type: City
Jurisdiction Name: Somerville
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. § 8-637 (e) states: "vendors are encouraged to offer at least 25 percent healthy choice meal options as defined by the Somerville Health Department, except that menus providing only desserts/sweets or confectionary items are encouraged to offer at least one healthy option.".
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
Yes. Encourages vendors to use energy-efficient resources, and provide consumers with compostable single-service articles, and a recycling container. Forbids use of styrofoam products. § 8-637(b).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
No.
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?
No.
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. § 8-361.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Yes. See 8-363 (relating to application form); 364 (relating to public hearing); 366--relating to criteria for issuing a license).
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
Yes. Law provides for fines, as well as revocation, suspension or modifications of licenses (sec. 8-369).
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
Located in Chapter 8, Licenses, Permits, and Miscellaneous Business Regulations; Article XV, Mobile Food Vendors; (Ord. No. 2012-08, 10-25-2012 and Ord. No. 2013-06, 6-26-2013).