What if I’m joining an established event, like a food truck roundup, block party, or festival?
A City of Orlando Business Tax Receipt is still required. Bring permission from the event organizer, such as an Orlando Police 18A permit or a letter from the food truck management company, to Permitting Services to obtain your BTR. To host an event that requires blocking off streets, using amplified noise (speakers or microphones), or that will contain 100 or more people, contact the Orlando Police. A neighborhood block party hosted by a group registered with the City is free.
Can I host a food truck at my home for a party?
Generally, no; operating a food truck in residential-only zoning (R districts, e.g., R-1, R-1N, R-2A) is prohibited. However, if your home is in non-residential zoning, and if all other standards are met (such as not blocking sidewalks), it is permitted.
The Mobile Food Vending Pilot Program intended to add to the diverse array of daytime dining and amenity options in downtown Orlando. Recently, the City of Orlando has seen a decrease in the utilization of the reserved food truck spaces along with a decline in food truck activation during the day. Additionally, the city suspended operations of the nighttime Rideshare Hubs Pilot Program.
Earlier this year, the CRA agreed to continue covering parking costs associated with of the Downtown Food Truck program through September 30, 2021. As a result, it has been determined that the Downtown Mobile Food Vending Program ended on Thursday, September 30, 2021, to align with the termination of covering parking costs, as well as the current Fiscal Year 2020-21 permit sticker. The parking spaces are set to return to management by the city's Downtown Parking Division for general use parking.
As a reminder, the city does not authorize vendors to operate on its rights-of-way and would urge you to find alternative private properties that would be eligible to host food trucks.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Manuel Ospina at Manuel.Ospina@orlando.gov. Again, we thank you for your support and participation in this program.