York city is seeking applications from anyone who'd like to operate a food cart on Continental Square in 2013.

It's a fairly coveted slot, according to city health and sanitation officer Tamika Rascoe, who explained the city will hold a lottery among those who apply for the sidewalk food vendor license.

For the past few years, the city has offered the one-year contract to any vendor who'd like to operate a cart, Rascoe said. Past vendors have sold hot dogs, though there's no limitations on what can be offered, as long as the cart passes inspection, she said.

"You just have to be in good standing with the city," she said. "And I have to check the cart."

City residents will be given first chance, Rascoe said, and applications can be submitted beginning at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 10. Others may apply starting at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 13, with the application period to run through 4:30 p.m. Dec. 14.

In the case of multiple applications, the city will hold a lottery to pick a winner, with the contract to start Jan. 1, 2013, Rascoe said. The license allows the vendor to sell at the intersection of George and Market streets.

A measure passed by the city council in 2011 reduced the number of street vendor licenses to one. It also doubled the distance vendors must stand from restaurants.

Last year, the city received three applications, said Rascoe, who added in that case the merchant selected wanted to sell hot dogs. New applicants are not limited, though, she said.


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"These days, everyone's coming out with new ideas for carts," she said.

To apply

Applications for the sidewalk food vendor license should be submitted to the Bureau of Permits, Zoning and Inspections, 101 S. George St., 1st Floor, York.

For more information, contact Tamika Rascoe at (717) 845-2124.