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Policy 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

Background Information

State Massachusetts
Jurisdiction Name Somerville
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 50,000-200,000
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
  • Expressly allows something
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Distribute; Get;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
No

Health-related goal?
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."

Environmental goal?
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).

Economic goal?
No

Includes findings?
No

Has a stated intent or purpose?
No

Includes definitions?
Yes

§ 8-361.

Addresses implementation?
Yes

See 8-363 (relating to application form); 364 (relating to public hearing); 366--relating to criteria for issuing a license)

Enforcement provisions?
Yes

Law provides for fines, as well as revocation, suspension or modifications of licenses (sec. 8-369)

Evaluation component?
No

Requires extra 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).