Food Carts in Unincorporated Washington County - Ordinance

Contact: Suzanne Savin, Senior Planner | 503-846-3963


Ordinance icon - Food CartIncreasing 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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Adopted Ordinance

  • Ordinance No. 831, amending the Community Development Code Community Development Code, an element of the Comprehensive Plan, relating to mobile food units was adopted 7/17/18 - effective 8/16/18.


Additional Resources

See the 2018 Land Use Ordinance page for a list of hearing dates, times, and materials for all land use ordinances filed or adopted in the 2018 ordinance season.