Fees

Food Carts and Sidewalk Vending Permits

Food carts can operate across the City of Toronto on sidewalks and private property. All food cart operators are required to obtain a business licence. To operate on the sidewalk, a Sidewalk Vending Permit is also required. Vendors on private property do not require a permit but require the permission of the property owner and operate in accordance with the zoning bylaw.

*Applicants intending to vend on City sidewalks are encouraged to apply for a Sidewalk Vending Permit prior to applying for the Non-Motorized Refreshment Vehicle Licence to ensure a spot is secured.  

 

Common questions

Questions  Answers 
Where can I operate? Across the City of Toronto on sidewalks (except wards 20, 27, 28) and private property.
Operate at least 25 metres from an open and operating   restaurant and another sidewalk vendor.
Operate at least 30 metres from a place of worship or the property line of a school.
Must not operate in front of a building entrance/exit, name/number, fire hose connection, or display window
What do I need to do to be able to operate?  Obtain a Non-Motorized Refreshment Vehicle Owner Licence. 
For sidewalk vending, obtain a Sidewalk Vending   Permit and apply for designated sidewalk locations.
Ensure Public Health inspection requirements are  met.
Ensure the cart’s footprint is no more than 2.32 square metres unless endorsed to expand footprint.
 Maintain 2.5 metres of passable space.
 

 What you need to apply- Sidewalk Vending Permit 

Who can apply Individuals, partnerships or corporations.
How to apply

Applicants can apply in person at the Licence & Permit Issuing Office at East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell, 3rd floor.

 

Sketch of proposed vending location

Provide sketch of proposed vending location showing all relevant dimensions, street name, curb, proposed location of cart and all street furnishings - utility pole, garbage bin, fire hydrant, tree, etc. 

A 2.50 metre pedestrian clearance must be maintained and shown in the proposal

All measurements must be in metric. 

Photographs of the proposed location

Provide current photographs of the proposed vending location (showing at least 3 angles - front and 2 sides)

Photograph of cart

Provide a photograph of the cart or portable display unit

Business Improvement Area (BIA)

If the proposed vending location is in a Business Improvement Area (BIA), obtain an approval letter from the BIA

Application fee

The permit cost of $302.29 plus one of the two fees depending on where the vendor would like to operate:

  • Minor Arterial Roads permit: $2617.05
  • Major Arterial Roads permit: $4811.42


View all business, trades, and profession application and renewal fees.

 Insurance Proof of at least $2,000,000 of comprehensive insurance against loss or damage resulting from bodily injury to or death of one or more persons, or from loss of or damage to property resulting from any one accident.

 

What you need to apply- Non-Motorized Refreshment Vehicle Licence 

Who can apply Individuals, partnerships or corporations.
How to apply

Applicants can apply in person at the Licence & Permit Issuing Office at East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell, 3rd floor.

Application fee

$394.88 for a Non-Motorized Refreshment Vehicle Owner licence.

View all business, trades, and profession application and renewal fees.

Identification 

Two pieces of government-issued identification, including:

  1. proof of work status, such as a Canadian Passport or Citizenship Card, Permanent Resident Card, Work Permit, Canadian Birth Certificate; and
  2. a valid photo ID such as a Driver's Licence, Photo Identification Card, Canadian Passport.


Note that Health Cards are not accepted.

Criminal reference checks   Applicants must provide a criminal reference check issued by a Canadian Police Service within 280 days prior to the application.  Learn more here.
 Insurance Proof of at least $1,000,000 of comprehensive insurance against loss or damage resulting from bodily injury to or death of one or more persons, or from loss of or damage to property resulting from any one accident.
Public Health Inspection Proof of a Health Inspection from Toronto Public Health.  You can arrange this by calling 311 Toronto or the Health Connection Line at 416-338-7600. 

Visit www.toronto.ca/health/dinesafe for more information.

Photo and sketch of cart A photo of the cart should be brought in, along with a sketch indicating its dimensions.
Photo of the owner A photo of the owner will be taken at the Licence & Permit Issuing Office.
Product list A list of products sold.
Propane tank Field Approval and contractor inspection

Applicants must obtain:

1. A Field Approval for equipment from the Technical Standards and Safety Association (TSSA).

2. A inspection by a TSSA-certified technician.  Some certified technicians are listed on the TSSA site, while others can be found through the Yellow Pages, Internet or other directories or advertising.

Vehicle cart storage location

Information about where the cart will be stored when it is not being operated.

 

 What happens after you apply

* If the licence or permit is granted, licensees and/or permit holders will be required to pay an annual renewal fee, listed in the Fees table. 

For complete application and operating requirements, visit Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 545, Licensing.

Applicants are subject to the Business Licensing Thresholds in Appendix K.

Back to the main Street Food Vending page, with information about Food Trucks, Food Carts and Ice Cream Trucks.


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