Mobile Food Truck License
A mobile food truck refers to a motorized, mobile, self-contained vehicle that is equipped to cook, prepare and/or serve food. Food trailers also fall under this category, but are regulated differently than mobile food trucks.
What is the difference between on-street and off-street food trucks?
Off-street food trucks and food trailers are only permitted to operate on private property with the consent of the property owner. They may also cater to private functions while parked on private property. On-street food trucks operate in the same manner, but in addition are permitted to operate on public roadways in accordance with On-Street Mobile Food Truck Policy. On-street food trucks are required to pay a parking permit fee when operating on any public roadway at any time.
What type of license is required to permit food trucks to operate on roadways adjacent to neighbourhood parks?
In 2017, Saskatoon City Council approved a one-year pilot program to permit on-street food truck operators (including food trailers) the option to operate in residential areas when parked immediately adjacent to a park. Community Standards has established a set of guidelines that on-street food trucks must follow. Additional parking permit fees apply to all licensed on-street food trucks.
Here are some example MAPS of various neighbourhood parks in Saskatoon that can used for reference on how the pilot program will operate.
We welcome feedback on the pilot program from residents, business owners, and food truck and trailer operators throughout the season. This may be provided by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by call Business Licensing at 306-975-2760.
Do I require a mobile food truck license if I only intend on operating at special events?
No. If your food truck will only be operating at special events or city festivals you do not require a mobile food truck license. If the base of operation (i.e. office space, truck storage, product storage, food preparation space) is located in Saskatoon then a home based or commercial business license is required.
Approvals, Inspections and Supporting Documents
The following approvals, inspections and supporting documents must be obtained and submitted with your application before it will be accepted.
Motor Vehicle Insurance
Call or visit a motor vehicle insurance company for vehicle registration information and services. Photo identification and bill of sale are required for the registration process.
Provide a copy of your liability insurance with a minimum liability limit of $2,000,000. The City of Saskatoon must be named as an “Additional Insured”.
Discharge Management Plan
Develop a plan outlining how and where FOG (Fats, Oils, Grease) and grey water will be disposed. This plan will be sent to the City of Saskatoon Environmental Services to ensure that no hazardous or unacceptable waste disposal is and/or will be occurring.
Please print and fill out the discharge management plan form and attach with your application package.
A business license is required for the base of operations. If you have an existing business license, note the current business license number on your food truck application. If you do not hold a business license, a business license application and fee must be submitted. If your base of operation is located outside of the city a business license is not required.
Include photos of all sides of your food truck with your application.
|Mobile Food Truck License (including Trailers)||$500.00||
Required for each food truck you are operating.
This is annual licensing fee.
|Commercial or Home Based Business License||$125.00||Required for the base of operation unless you currently hold a license, or your base of operation is located outside Saskatoon.|
On-Street Parking Fee
*operating adjacent to parks
$52.50 – Administration Fee
$720.00 – first 3 months
Fees must be paid in advance. The administration fee is applied to each On-Street Parking Fee transaction.
For additional information, select the type of food truck you intend to operate:
On-Street Mobile Food Truck
The purpose of the On-Street Mobile Food Truck Policy is to enhance the overall image, economic vitality and promote street life in commercial areas through the provision of food vending on streets, while ensuring public welfare, fair competition, and nuisance prevention.
All food trucks are required to operate in accordance with the regulations established by the On-Street Mobile Food Truck Policy. To ensure you and all employees/operators are familiar with the operating regulations please review the following:
Off-Street Mobile Food Truck or Food Trailer
The purpose of the Off-Street Mobile Food Truck License is to enhance the economic vitality and promote vibrancy in commercial areas through the provision of food vending, while ensuring public welfare, fair competition, and nuisance prevention. Food Trailers also fall under this category.
To ensure you and all employees/operators are familiar with the operating regulations please review the following: