CH announces pilot program to permit food trucks
In a May 19 news release, the city of Cleveland Heights announced that it was launching a food truck pilot program in which the use of food trucks is now allowed on private property as part of an outdoor dining conditional use permit. Approval for the operation of a food truck at a business with an outdoor dining permit must be approved through the city's planning department.
At the end of November, the city plans to evaluate the pilot program and then determine next steps.
"As the popularity of food trucks has grown, the city lacked the ability to permit and license their use," said City Manager Tanisha Briley. "We're excited to be able to move forward with this pilot program and be able to offer this additional opportunity for our residents, businesses and commercial districts.”
Food trucks operating under a conditional use permit are also required to apply for and obtain a license from the city.
The BottleHouse Brewery, at 2050 Lee Road, is the first business to get an approved outdoor dining conditional use permit that includes the use of food trucks.
"The ability to bring in food trucks really enhances our Cleveland Heights location," BottleHouse Brewery owner Brian Benchek said. "This allows us to focus on our specialty, which is making great craft beer, while still allowing us to offer our guests a variety of exciting food options."
Kim Sergio Inglis
Kim Sergio Inglis is editor-in-chief of the Heights Observer. She lives in the Shaker Farm Historic District in Cleveland Heights.