The trucks have been an asset in feeding under-served areas, and the crowds ensure safer streets. A current revision to the city’s Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance may even allow food truck parking lots. Regardless, trucks still need the proper permit.
What is a food truck permit?
Food truck permits are permits that are legally necessary to start a food truck business in addition to an occupational license from the city, a health permit, and a fire department permit. Before the change in the law, 100 mobile vendor permits were available for food trucks, flower sellers, and vegetable carts. Now 100 permits are available exclusively just for food trucks alone.
How do you apply for a food truck permit?
The application is on the NOLA.gov website and can only be submitted after already filing an Occupational License Master Application. We’ve also prepared a copy of the application that you can fill out on your computer using PDF software. You can download it by clicking here.
In addition to the completed application, you will need to Send:
- A copy of the mobile food truck’s valid registration with the Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicles (it is required that all trucks must be registered in the State of Louisiana).
- A copy of your valid Louisiana Driver’s license and each approved driver.
- A copy of automobile insurance for the mobile food truck, providing insurance coverage for any automobile accident that may occur while driving on the road,
- A copy of your commercial general liability insurance coverage policy with liability coverage of at least $500,000, naming the City of New Orleans as an insured party, providing insurance coverage for any accident that may occur while selling your food and conducting your business on public rights-of-way.
- A photo of the mobile food truck indicating the dimensions. No mobile food truck can exceed 26 feet in length or 8 feet in width.
- Copies of all approvals, inspections, and certificates required by the State Department of Health and Hospitals.
- The New Orleans Fire Department will also inspect all vehicles after applications are submitted.
It sounds burdensome, but it’s really no more burdensome than starting the business itself. In other words, the application process really gives you a roadmap on how to get started within the Food Truck Industry in New Orleans.
Once you’re setup, be sure to reach out and join the New Orleans Food Truck Coalition.