Mobile food vendors
We are holding an information session for prospective food truck operators on Tuesday 28 February 2017 from 6pm–8pm.
To attend you need to register first.Register now
Important application information
We are currently not accepting applications for food truck permits. If you would like to be notified when applications open, please complete our registration of interest form and we will be in touch in December.
We'll also let you know of some upcoming changes to the application process as we work to make it more streamlined and simple for you.
Please note: we are accepting food van applications as normal. You can download the application form.
How to apply for approval
We approve all mobile food vending businesses intending to sell food to the public in the local area.
There are 2 types of mobile food vending operations that are permitted in the city:
- Food vans: Restricted to serving food that is not potentially hazardous or involves low-risk practices such as frothing milk. Food vans can only trade for a maximum period of 15 minutes, for example, an ice cream van or a van serving coffee and cakes.
- Food trucks: No restrictions to their menu and can trade for a maximum period of 5 hours. Food trucks are essentially a kitchen on wheels, for example, a gourmet food truck serving made to order hot food such as tacos.
Before you start the application process to become a food truck operator, we recommend you attend one of our food truck information sessions to discuss your proposed business and have all your questions answered.
The information sessions will include:
- What constitutes a food truck versus a food van or other temporary food stall?
- Addressing the required criteria in your free paper-based application to the Food Truck Design Panel (the first stage of the approval process).
- The essential features of your internal truck build.
- Your proposed plan of management.
- Permit types and fees.
- What areas you can trade in.
- Trading at events or on private land.
If you would like to attend the next information session at 6pm on Tuesday 28 February 2017 you need to complete our registration form.
We have also put together a comprehensive guide to help you navigate the approvals process.
The local approvals policy details how approvals are granted for mobile food vending vehicles in the city. It sets out the relevant laws for safe food handling and preparation practices, and conditions for on-street trading including hours of operation, permitted streets and proximity to other businesses. You can also download area maps.
Vending at events
If you want a food truck at your event you can get in touch with the food truck operators directly.
If you have approval from the City to trade as a mobile food vending vehicle then you do not need any further approvals to sell food at events within the local area. However, if your business does not have approval, you'll need to apply for a temporary food stall permit.
The food trucks program emerged from our OPEN Sydney consultation in mid-2011 where many people said they wanted more late-night quality food options in the city.
To find out more about food van approvals, please contact:
Health and Building
02 9265 9333
To find out more about food truck approvals, please contact:
Food Truck Project Manager02 9265 firstname.lastname@example.org
Restricted areas and exclusion zones for mobile food vendors
Vehicles not permitted to operate
Kings Cross precinct exclusion zone
Kings Cross Precinct Liquor Accord & Liquor License Freeze
SHFA controlled land
Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority without prior consent
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|How to open a food truck or food van||PDF 8.8 MB||Download|
|Food truck guidelines||PDF 376.0 KB||Download|
|Mobile food vending vehicles local approvals policy||PDF 1.2 MB||Download|
|Map: Hours of operation||PDF 1019.9 KB||Download|
|Map: Food truck off-street sites||PDF 1.2 MB||Download|
|Map: Kings Cross liquor free zone||PDF 124.4 KB||Download|
|Template: Operational plan of management||Word 21.0 KB||Download|
|Sydney food truck concept design submission||PDF 39.2 KB||Download|
|Sydney food trucks field trial report: March 2013||PDF 911.6 KB||Download|
|Sydney food truck trial evaluation report: November 2013||PDF 1.1 MB||Download|
|Sydney food trucks trial report: April 2014||PDF 3.1 MB||Download|
|Food truck application||PDF 60.1 KB||Download|
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Last updated: Monday, 5 December 2016