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City to Cart Owners: Permit Up or Tear Structures Down

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Image of downtown cart pod courtesy qousqous via Flickr

The latest development in the city's crackdown on food carts' illegal seating structures: At a Bureau of Development Services meeting yesterday, city commissioner Randy Leonard told a community of cart owners that if they've added a permanent structure to their cart that touches the ground, they'll have to undergo the city's building permit process — and pass — by mid-January.

Leonard also adds, however, that many of them probably won't be able to bring their carts up to code. The Oregonian quotes Portland Soup Co. owner Jeremy Davidson: "Their line is 'you can try to get a permit, but don't'... It's kind of like they’re saying do it if you dare."
· City Begins Crackdown on Food Carts [KATU]
· Extensive Building Process for Illegal Structures [OregonLive]
· All Previous Cart Talk Coverage [Eater PDX]

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