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Food & Retail Truck Vending

How Do I Apply for a Food & Retail Truck Permit?

*Please Note: You must apply for a permit using a computer or laptop. Smartphones will not work. 

  • You can apply for a permit online using the link found under the Resources sidebar or the green button below. 
  • Please see the Food & Retail Truck Application Guide if you have questions while completing the application.
  • After Planning has reviewed and approved your application, you will need to apply for a City of Arvada Business License with the Finance department.
  • Once Finance issues a business license, you will need to pay the permit fee prior to your permit being issued. You must keep a copy of your permit on the food or retail truck while you are operating in the City of Arvada.

What’s Required for a Permit?

  • County Health Department Certification (Food Truck Permit only)
  • City of Arvada Business License
  • If on private property:
    • Written permission from a property owner
  • If you are locating within a City park, public space, or public right-of-way (streets):
    • Written permission from the applicable City department
    • Liability insurance
    • If you are a food or retail truck that has been hired to be a part of a tournament at an athletic field, approval for the City Parks Department is required before an application will be accepted.

 

  eTRAKIT Online Application

 

When do you need a Food & Retail Truck Permit?

  • If you are selling food or retail from a readily movable wheeled, motorized vehicle designed and equipped to serve food or retail. 
  • If you are selling food or items from a wheeled, non-motorized structure designed and equipped to serve food, and towed by a motorized vehicle

When DON’T you need a Food & Retail Truck Permit?

  • If you operate for less than 15 consecutive minutes at any specific site (such as an ice cream truck)
  • If you are operating as part of an approved Special Event Permit in coordination with the event planner

Where are Food & Retail Trucks Allowed?

  • On private property in all zoning districts.
  • In any park or public space with approval of the owner or government entity.
  • In a public street right-of-way when the street is closed to vehicular traffic as part of a Special Event Permit.
  • In a public street right-of-way with authorization from the City. 

Where AREN’T Food & Retail Trucks Allowed?

  • On undeveloped property with unoccupied structures or unpaved surfaces.
  • Within 50 feet of any residential use in a residential or mixed-use zone district with residential units on the ground floor.
  • In any location that would obstruct the visibility of motorists.
  • In any location that would obstruct parking lot circulation or access to a public street, alley, or sidewalk.

When Can Food & Retail Trucks Operate?

  • Food & retail trucks can operate 7 days a week from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

How Much Does a Permit Cost and How Long is the Permit Good For?

  • There is a $50 annual fee
  • You will need to reapply for a new permit each year

Contact Information

  • Main Telephone Number:
    720-898-7435
  • Street Address:
    8101 Ralston Road, Arvada, CO 80002