Mobile & Temporary Food Vendors
The application for the type of permit sought will list the information required for us to review. Submit completed applications with supporting documentation to Health & Food Safety. Please note that submissions must be received a minimum of 10 business days prior to the event to be considered.
Mobile Food Units
Mobile food units are defined as a vehicle-mounted food establishment designed to be readily movable. Mobile food units typically move from point of sale to point of sale, not stationary in any location for greater than 15 minutes. Mobile food units that wish to operate as a ’Food Truck’ may submit for that permit separately. Mobile Food units may not operate in city parks. Two permit types are available: unit with kitchen on the vehicle (hot truck - $400) and unit without kitchen on the vehicle (cold truck - $300).
A Food Truck is defined as a mobile food unit that is permitted to operate at an approved location for a period of time exceeding fifteen (15) minutes. Locations are pre-approved and separate permits must be obtained for each location sought. Permits are valid for six (6) months and permit fee per location is $200. Food Trucks may not operate in city parks. A Food Truck that wants to operate as a Mobile Food Unit (above) may submit for that permit separately.
- Consent to Background Check (PDF)
- Food Truck Requirements (English & Spanish) (PDF)
- Minimum Standards for Food Establishments (PDF)
- Sales Tax Affidavit (English & Spanish) (PDF)
Mobile Food Vendor
Mobile food vendors are defined as any person (or persons) who operates or sells food from a stationary cart, or trailer mounted on chassis, but without an engine for a period of 15 days or greater per year. Mobile food vendors who operate for 14 days or less shall be considered temporary food establishments, as defined by the Health Ordinance as it exists or may be amended. Mobile food vendors must comply with the Mobile Vendor Ordinance and the Health Ordinance. Permits are valid for one (1) year and permit fee per location is $400.
Mobile food vendors must only operate at a specific location within the same operation hours as the business on the same lot that has a Certificate of Occupancy. Outside of the business operation hours, the mobile food vending unit must be removed or stored away. Mobile food vendors may not operate within city parks.
Temporary Food Establishments (Temporary Event Vendors)
Temporary food establishments are defined as a food establishment that operates for a period of no more than 14 consecutive days in conjunction with a single event or celebration. Temporary food establishments must obtain a permit from Health & Food Safety, applying no later than ten (10) business days prior to the event or celebration. Applications received within the ten (10) day requirement will be assessed a late fee of $50.00. Temporary Food Establishments may be limited to serving only food items that are defined as lower-risk. The permit fee is $50 for each event or celebration sought.
Short-term merchants are vendors that wish to operate at pre-approved locations, typically seasonally, such as farmers markets. These vendors offer pre-packaged or pre-cooked foods. Permit length is for one year. Permit fee for vendors that do not fall under state law exemptions is $100.00. Short-term merchants must obtain a permit from Health & Food Safety, applying no later than ten (10) business days prior to the event or celebration. Applications received within the ten (10) day requirement will be assessed a late fee of $50.00. Vendors that are exempt from fees will be subject only to review and allowable requirements to ensure food safety.