Questions for Multnomah County Q & A?

Jonathan Amato

I’m doing an interview with Multnomah County later this week and would love to know what questions you all might have for them. I’ll then post the answers to your questions later next week. Just leave your questions in the comments below…

Multnomah County is one of the lead agencies in charge of approving, permitting and inspecting food carts in Portland and other jurisdictions inside Multnomah County. They are the “go to” place for permits, and the last stop on the approval process when a new cart is ready to open. They coordinate with the City of Portland and the Fire Bureau to assure carts are safe and meet all applicable laws and guidelines and work on policy and planning issues around the carts. Finally, Multnomah County are the ones that do ongoing health inspections for cleanliness and food safety. To say Multnomah County is huge part of the food cart scene in Portland is an understatement.  Portland’s food carts wouldn’t exist without them.

  • So what does Multnomah County think of all the new food carts popping up all over the city?
  • What kind of issues are emerging with all these new carts?
  • Are there more regulations and permitting on the way?
  • How does someone apply for a food cart permit?
  • What are some of the biggest issues our city and county faces with food carts?
  • Why does Multnomah County do what they do with food carts?
  • And what about all those to-go containers, trash and other waste issues, isn’t there something they County can do?

These are just a few of the questions we’ll be asking Multnomah County later this week. Got questions of your own? Please leave them in the comments below.

Thanks for participating!