Business and trades licences

Food Trucks and Mobile Food Vending Permits

Food trucks can operate in the City of Toronto on public roads with a mobile vending permit, in Green P parking lots if a Green P permit is obtained, in commercial parking lots with the permission of the owner, and on private property with the permission of the owner as long as food trucks can be operated at that location in accordance with the zoning bylaw .

 

All food truck operators require a business licence. To operate on public roads a Mobile Food Vending Permit is also required. Vendors operating on private property and in commercial parking lots (excluding Green P) do not require a permit, but do require the permission of the property owner and operate in accordance with the zoning bylaw.

Mobile Food Vending Permit holders are allowed to operate at all pay-and-display stations on major, minor arterial and collector roads. These vendors are required to abide by all relevant parking regulations, and pay for parking. Vendors are encouraged to identify areas of the road, such as non pay and display stations and lay-bys that may be suitable for mobile vending. Upon review, these areas may be designated as Mobile Vending Zones, where food trucks could operate for up to five hours at a time.

Common Questions  

Questions Answers
Where can I operate?
  • Food trucks can operate in the City of Toronto on: public roads (with a mobile vending permit); private property and commercial parking lots with the permission of the owner in areas which are zoned to allow Food Truck use; and, Green P parking lots if a Green P permit is obtained.

  • Operate 30 linear metres from an open and operating restaurant. This does not include food courts or entrances to buildings containing food courts.

  • Operate with no more than two food trucks per block.

  • Operate for a maximum of five hours at any one time.

View map of potential mobile food vending zones.

What do I need to do to be able to operate?
  • Obtain a Motorized Refreshment Vehicle Owner Licence.

  • Obtain a Mobile Food Vending Permit.

 

What you need to apply - Motorized Refreshment Vehicle Licence (Mobile Vending Permit list follows)

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.

Partnerships and corporations (not applicable to individuals)

Applicants must provide a business address, as well as other documents depending on the business.  Documents may include articles of incorporation, corporate profiles, franchise agreements, partnership agreements and provincial name registration.

 Application fee

 $1153.83 for a Motorized Refreshment Vehicle Licence. If applying for a Mobile Vending Permit, please see next section for fees. 

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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.

We are only able to accept

  • Orginal completed forms that are signed and stamped by the insurer; or
  • Faxes and emails (of completed forms that are signed and stamped by the insurer) directly from the insurer.

Our fax number is (416) 392 4515 and email address is mlsbusinesslicence@toronto.ca

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.

Food handler's certificate Food Handler Certification for owner and any staff.
Photo and sketch of vehicle A photo of the vehicle 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 ownership

An original copy of the provincial vehicle registration, where the name and address match the applicants.

Safety inspection

An original valid Safety Standards Certificate by an approved Ministry of Transportation Vehicle Inspection Centre

 

What you need to apply - Mobile 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.

 Permit fee
  • Six-month permit: $2664.19 (excludes HST)
  • Nine-month permit: $3996.29 (excludes HST)
  • One-year permit: $5328.38 (excludes HST)

 

View all Business, Trades and Professions Licence and Permit 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 happens after you apply

After a completed application is submitted, ML&S staff will obtain a copy of the applicant's Driving Record Abstract (may also be supplied by the applicant). This record, along with other documents submitted, will determine whether there are concerns with the applicant obtaining a licence, as per Toronto Municipal Code  Chapter 545, Licensing.
* 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 must also satisfy 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.