A Special Town Meeting is being held in Ridgefield on Wednesday about changes to the Ridgefield Code of Ordinance dealing with mobile food vendors. The meeting is at 7:30pm the Town Hall Large Conference Room.
The purpose of this is to promote greater public safety and welfare and to inhibit and deter potential consumer fraud. The provisions don't apply to groups or individual residents of the Town acting on behalf of any recognized charitable, civic or religious organization, or on behalf of any organization that has been approved by the Town, sales by farmers and gardeners of the produce of their farms and gardens, food delivery services and mobile food service operations for parties held on private property.
Permits can not be transferred without the consent of the Board of Selectmen.
Permits must contain a passport-size photo of the vendor, state the expiration date of the permit, and include hours of operation for the permit. The permit may specify the area or areas within the Town for which the permit is valid. Applicants will go through a full background check. The Selectmen may, within their discretion, limit the hours of operation for which a permit may be issued. The Board of Selectmen may require proof of insurance.
Any person peddling or soliciting without a valid written permit could be fined $50.