Food trucks can be open longer and in more spots in Covington

Posted at 6:09 AM, Jan 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-16 06:09:42-05

COVINGTON, Ky. — Officials in Covington voted to loosen some food truck regulations, so people can get their grub on later and in more areas around the city.

The Covington Board of Commissioners unanimously approved two ordinances on Tuesday which allow food trucks to stay open longer, and allowing trucks to operate in more locations.

City Solicitor Michael Bartlett called these ordinances a "pilot program" with the idea being to monitor how these two ordinances impact the city.

"We tried to come up with reasonable regulations that would allow entrepreneurs to operate while mitigating any potential negative impacts," City Solicitor Michael Bartlett said.

Under the new ordinances, food trucks can operate between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., and trucks are allowed to be in the designated food truck locations a half-hour before and after these times. Only three trucks are allowed at a time in each location.

The new locations where food trucks can operate are:

  • Philadelphia Street between Fourth and Seventh streets in MainStrasse Village
  • Madison Avenue between RiverCenter Boulevard and Eighth Street
  • Seventh Street between Washington Street and Madison Avenue, near Braxton Brewing
  • Eighth Street between Greenup and Garrard streets, near Randolph Park
  • Southern Avenue between Church Street and Caroline Avenue in Latonia, at Ritte's Corner
  • Main Street between West 11th Street and ML King Jr. Boulevard, behind the new Kenton County offices
  • The parking lot at Bill Cappel Sports Complex in Latonia.

Food truck operators need a permit to operate in the city, and this permit gives operators first-come, first-serve access to operate in the designated areas.

According to Bartlett, the board of commissioners has already started the process to change some zoning codes so food trucks can operate in more locations and in more privately owned lots.