Federal Lawsuit given to Mt. Juliet Over Food Truck Permit Fees


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Jul 9, 2023
Food truck operators, especially those who are based outside of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, there is a significant development that you should be aware of. A federal lawsuit has been filed by the Beacon Centre which The City of Mt. Juliet is now facing over an ordinance that imposes different permit fees for out-of-town and local food trucks.

If you are operating a food truck in Mt. Juliet but are not from the area and are based elsewhere, you will now be required to pay $100 per day as opposed to $100 per year if you were local to the area and had a food truck.

The city had previously relaxed its restrictions on food truck operations, especially after the 2020 tornado and during the COVID-19 pandemic which allowed more flexibility for food trucks, so this is a notable change.

Reinstated in July 2023, this new ordinance creates a system that has two tiers that significantly affect the feasibility and cost of operating a food truck in Mt. Juliet if you are not based in the city.

You can find out more details on this issue by reading the full article here
Mount Juliet, Tennessee, United States
$100 per day? Sounds like highway robbery to me. But seriously, being forced to pay extra because you're not part of the area sounds wrong to me. I get why they are doing it, but I think this could hurt business more than help anything.

But I get if it's someone coming from another area to possibly make money from that area. I'm sure if they make really good money they could afford this $100 a day fee. But I can see people throwing a fuss about this.
The rules in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, imposing different permit fees for local and out-of-town food truck operators, raise notable concerns. Charging out-of-town operators $100 per day compared to $100 per year for local operators creates a substantial disparity in costs and may impact the feasibility of operating a food truck in the area. The differential fee structure appears to treat local and out-of-town operators unequally. While it's not uncommon for municipalities to charge fees to cover administrative costs, a significant difference in fees might be perceived as discriminatory and raise questions about fairness.