LAYTON -- Firework stands, snow shacks and Redbox kiosks will no longer be treated the same.
With an increasing number of temporary business applications each year, city officials have decided to change the way they deal with what they call mobile stores.
"We think it will be more business friendly," said Peter Matson, the city's long-range planner. "In most cases, they will be better off with the new ordinance."
City officials and staff were concerned that previous standards did not adequately regulate temporary businesses. A small taco stand on the street had the same requirements as a Christmas tree lot, making it difficult to meet requirements, such as how much space was needed around the business.
"The existing ordinance generalizes most uses into one category," Matson said. "It is also over-burdensome sometimes with license fees for short-term businesses."
Typical mobile stores were only around for two to three months, Matson said, but had to get a business license that lasted a year. That caused headaches for city staff who had a difficult time keeping track of which areas were available for new businesses and which locations still had businesses operating.
When the ordinance takes effect on Feb. 3, mobile businesses will be separated into six categories with different regulations for each category. The regulations include the size of the business footprint, how long the business license is good for and what items are being sold.
The categories are kiosk, street vendor, tent vendor, snow shack, single event and seasonal outdoor vendor. Some mobile businesses, such as indoor kiosks, vendors located within 3 feet of a building or nonprofit or charity functions lasting no more than three days, will be exempt from regulations.
The new ordinance also no longer allows vendors selling arts and crafts, blankets and bag merchandise.
Matson said the city has had past challenges enforcing regulations with those types of businesses.
"The opportunity is still there for these to come with larger groups," Matson said. "They still have the opportunity but in a different format."
City officials also look at this ordinance as an example of planning for the future.
"You have to be proactive in what you're doing as a city or you'll find yourselves short-changed," said Mayor Steve Curtis.