Mobile food vendors

Mobile food vendors

How to apply

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:

  1. Food vans: Restricted to serving food that is not potentially hazardous or involves low-risk practices such as frothing milk for coffee or selling ice-cream.

  2. Food trucks: Selling potentially hazardous food such as food that is cooked to order or is required to be maintained at temperature.

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.

Food vans

You can download the food van application form.

Food trucks

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.

Our next information session will be scheduled in 2020.

The information session will include:

  • what constitutes a food truck versus a food van or other temporary food stall
  • 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.

Food truck applications

You can apply for a food truck permit using the food truck application form. You will need to provide copies of the documents as listed on the form, and below for your convenience.

New food truck application checklist:

  • RMS vehicle registration (as proof of registration)
  • certificate of currency of third party property damage insurance to the value of $10 million
  • certificate of currency for public and product liability insurance to the value of $10 million
  • operational plan of management
  • vehicle build and layout plans
  • food safety supervisor certificate
  • suggested menu or list of foods being sold
  • trade waste permit from Sydney Water
  • health inspection report by a City environmental health officer or qualified organisation – this applies if using a commercial kitchen or other approved food handling facility.

Lodgement details can be found on the application form at part 8.

OPEN Sydney

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.


Health and Building02 9265 9333

Last updated: Thursday, 16 January 2020