Like all other food establishments, mobile food vendors are regulated for a variety of public health and safety reasons. Many states and localities require mobile food vendors and food trucks to obtain a license or permit from the state or local health department in order to ensure that both the truck/cart and food are being properly stored, prepared, and serviced. Generally, this requires an extensive application, varying fees, proof of insurance, food safety training, sales tax registration, and an inspection of the food truck.
What is a FOG Permit and do I need to obtain one?
A Fats, Oil and Grease (FOG) permit is often required for businesses that utilize or discharge those products during the course of regular operations – restaurants and food trucks are good examples of businesses that might require FOG permits. Each locality may have specific rules related to the amount of discharge of fat, oil, and grease that requires a business to obtain a FOG permit.
What licenses does a mobile food vendor need?
Yes. You must have a General Vendor license if you plan to sell, lease, or offer to sell or lease goods or services in a public place in New York. If you will only be selling merchandise from a booth or stand at an authorized street fair (e.g., street fair, block party, or festival), you must obtain a temporary Street Fair Vendor permit to sell merchandise at an authorized street fair. Some exceptions do apply, please contact CT Corporation to consult a licensing specialist.