Ice cream trucks can operate across the City of Toronto on public roads and private property.
All ice cream truck operators are required to obtain a business licence. To operate on public roads, vendors now require an Ice Cream Vending Permit. Vendors on private property do not require a permit, but require the permission of the property owner and must operate in accordance with the zoning bylaw.
|Where can I operate?||
On local and residential streets in all parts of the City for up to 30 minutes at a time.
Operate up to 30 minutes on one street.
Operate at least 30 metres from a school.
|What do I need to do to be able to operate?||
Obtain a Motorized Refreshment Vehicle Owner Licence.
Obtain an Ice Cream Vending Permit.
Optional: Obtain a Mobile Food Vending Permit to operate on the city streets.
What you need to apply
|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.
Learn more here.
$1153.83 for a Motorized Refreshment Vehicle Licence plus one of the additional fees:
Two pieces of government-issued identification, including:
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.|
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.
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|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.
|Location drawings||Find a location to operate and produce drawings that demonstrate the location meets the bylaw requirements.|
|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:
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.
An original copy of the provincial vehicle registration, where the name and address match the applicants.
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 to ensure the applicant does not have any infractions that would prevent them from obtaining a licence, as per Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 545, Licensing, Appendix K, Business Licensing Thresholds.
* 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.