Greater Hume Council has voted to instate a food van policy on an ongoing basis, after no complaints were received during the policy's trial period.
The mobile food vending policy, which began as a trial last July, stipulated that food van vendors in Greater Hume must take appropriate food safety measures, among other requirements.
Councillor Matt Hicks moved the motion to extend the policy.
"It appears to be working quite well," he said.
"And it appears that there's quite a few food vans around the place, so let's keep that going."
Greater Hume Council has four registered food vans, with two approved and operating in the shire.
In a report to council, Environmental Health and Building Surveyor Sharyn Coulston wrote that a number of councils neighbouring Greater Hume had seen an increase in food vans.
The NSW Food Authority has noticed a statewide increase in food vans and is trying to implement a registration system similar to the Victorian Streatrader online registration process.
The council's policy states that food van vendors in Greater Hume must use the online Food Business Registration form available from council's website.
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Ms Coulston wrote that it is anticipated that more food vans will try to operate in Greater Hume council due to the economic climate caused by the coronavirus pandemic, but it's hoped that council's policy will help avoid more complaints over mobile food vendors operating close to established premises.
One of the policy's requirements is that vendors must not operate within 200 metres of a food or drink premise or the boundary of an event.
Additionally, food van vendors must operate only between 6am to 10pm each day, for a maximum period of 5 hours inclusive of set up and pack up times and the vans cannot stay overnight.
The policy also states all mobile food vendors should be fully self-contained and not rely on Council to provide power, water or sewer services.
The policy also requires that vendors do not obstruct footpaths, driveways or roads and that they don't provide seating, tables or other furniture.
Vans must be shorter than 7.5 meter and not wider than 2.5 meters.
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