A recent change in policy made the Hub of Lake of the Ozarks a little better for these mobile food vendors.

People may not think of Camdenton as a food truck kind of town, but city policies are actually friendlier for this foodie trend than you might think. And a recent change in policy made the Hub of Lake of the Ozarks a little better for these mobile food vendors. It may also provide a few more dinner options for residents and visitors this winter.

At its Nov. 20, 2018, meeting, Camdenton Aldermen modified Section 605.042 of the city code for businesses operating from a non-permanent structure or operating without a structure within a commercial or industrial zone. The amendment updates allowed hours for food truck vendors. When this part of the code was passed in 2006, food trucks weren’t on the horizon, according to City Clerk Renee Kingston, and the ordinance only allowed businesses operating at a non-permanent establishment to stay open until dusk.

What’s not too bad in the summertime makes for really early hours in the winter though. 

The code allows food truck vendors to be open from 7 a.m.- 9 p.m. as opposed to from dawn to sunset. This time of year sunset can be as early as 5 p.m.

The changes were made in cooperation with requests from one of the food truck vendors licensed in the city. There are currently two, The Road-Runner Barbecue and The Broken Rail, according to Kingston. The city also has a couple of others who have made contact with the city recently, interested in possibly getting licensed.

Food truck vendors do have to be licensed to operate in the City of Camdenton, she adds, which requires a business license, health inspections and fire safety inspections, just like a regular restaurant. The city requires a $100 bond to ensure payment of sales tax (the $100 is returned if a business decides to cease doing commerce in the city) and $100 per year for the business license.

Food trucks also have to show the city written permission for their parking locations.

Another amendment passed Nov. 20 for food trucks allows the trucks to park on city property with a special event permit, according to Kingston, although never in a city roadway. 

Parking is a significant issue for food trucks, location always key even when your business is on wheels.

Camdenton has a fairly open vendor parking policy, allowing it as long as the property owner signs off on it and now even allowed it on city property on specially permitted events. There is some city parking spots downtown that could be of use.

Other larger cities can be more restrictive with food trucks having only a designated spot where they’re allowed to park with only a certain number of spaces available first come, first served.