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Policy Summary

This law authorizes the use of the city's public rights-of-way and city-owned property for charitable food service events and creates a permitting process specific to those events with regulations related largely to health and safety. For purposes of the law, charitable food services means "providing food without charge, payment or other compensation to benefit large groups of people at an outdoor location not owned, leased or controlled by the individual or organization providing the food." Permits for such events are to be issued for a period of six months. Any associated application fee for the permit is not specifically addressed in these sections. Details regarding enforcement or requirements for such permits, revocation and appeals are addressed. The law also allows for some volunteer emergency first responders and governmental agency charitable food service events without a permit, as specified at section 12-5-34. See also sections 12-5-21 to -30 regarding general permitting requirements for demonstrations, parades and emergencies.

Background Information

State Alabama
Jurisdiction Name Birmingham
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 200,000-800,000
Food System Category Get;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
Yes

See, e.g., references to "Red Cross, FEMA, and similar organizations." § 12-5-34.

Health-related goal?
Yes

See, e.g., this language "promote the health, safety, comfort, convenience, prosperity, and general welfare of the citizens of Birmingham." § 12-5-32.

Environmental goal?
Yes

See language referring to "pedestrian traffic." §§ 12-5-32, and -39.

Economic goal?
No

Has a stated intent or purpose?
Yes

"The general purpose of this article is to authorize the use of the city's public rights-of-way and city-owned property for charitable food service events by creating a permitting process that includes reasonable guidelines and regulations that promote the health, safety, comfort, convenience, prosperity, and general welfare of the citizens of Birmingham; and to regulate the flow of pedestrian and vehicular traffic; and to encourage the safe, convenient and sanitary use of the city's public rights-of-way and city-owned property." § 12-5-32.

Includes definitions?
Yes

§ 12-5-33.

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