Food Carts in Unincorporated Washington County

Contact: John Floyd, Associate Planner | 503-846-8817


Increasing interest in food carts led to numerous inquiries from the public on where carts may locate and how a property owner can host one or more food carts. At present, the Washington County Community Development Code (CDC) does not acknowledge or regulate food carts as a separate land use from a brick-and-mortar restaurant. Lacking specific regulation, the County only allows food carts through the same process, standards, and fees that apply to a restaurant in a permanent building.

The Department of Land Use & Transportation Community Planning staff examined this subject in a "Food Carts" issue paper. Based on the recommendations of this issue paper, the County is proceeding with development code amendments to adopt food cart specific standards and criteria.

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Public Testimony

Proposed Ordinance No. 831, Mobile Food Units ("Food Carts") has been filed. Testimony submitted after filing is a statement made to decisionmakers (the Planning Commission and Board of Commissioners) regarding the filed ordinance, and will appear in the official ordinance record. To provide written testimony regarding this proposed ordinance, you must include the author(s)' name, address, and phone number and submit via emailfax or U.S. Mail: Washington County, Long Range Planning Division 155 N. First Ave., Suite 350, MS14, Hillsboro, OR 97124-3072.

You may also provide oral testimony at a public hearing. See the 2018 Land Use Ordinance page for a current list of hearing dates, times, and materials for all land use ordinances filed or adopted in the 2018 ordinance season.