Downtown Food Truck Program

Due to limited availability, applications for this program are not being accepted at this time.

The Downtown Food Truck Program was launched in 2019 to support Orlando’s growing foodie scene, and make it easier for “foodpreneurs” to start and grow their businesses. At that time, there was a growing need to support mobile food vendors, notably with the launch of the Rideshare Hubs Pilot Program.

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.

Food Truck Parking Approval Process

To park in one of the downtown food truck parking zones, the food truck must obtain the following:
  • Active State of Florida business license
  • Valid City of Orlando Business Tax Receipt
  • Valid Orange County Business Tax Receipt
  • Certificate of liability insurance (minimum coverage of $1,000,000, and an aggregate limit of $2,000,000) indemnifying the City of Orlando
  • Downtown Mobile Food Vending Zone parking permit (decal)
Permits are subject to availability. Food carts or trailers are ineligible from participating in this program. 

 

Operational Requirements for Downtown Food Truck Program

  1. Size. Food Trucks are limited to 27 ft. maximum truck length total (including bumper, generator, or any accessories), 8 ft. maximum truck width total.
  2. Appearance. In line with the goals of the Appearance Review Board for Downtown Orlando, food trucks will be required to meet the following aesthetic guidelines:
  3. Any portion of the food trucks in view by the public must be maintained as to not show signs of deterioration including: holes, breaks, rot, crumbling, cracking, peeling, rusting or other evidence of physical decay or neglect, excessive use or lack of maintenance.
    1. Any exterior lighting used by the food truck shall be designed and placed in such a manner that it does not result in glare or light spillage onto other properties or interfere with vehicular traffic. Lighting shall be directed in a downward manner, so as to minimize light pollution.
    2. The Appearance Review Official shall work with food truck owners to achieve compliance if a food truck does not comply with the appearance regulations listed above.
  4. Generators. In an effort to minimize impacts to surrounding brick and mortar businesses and residents, Food Trucks seeking a Downtown Permit are required to utilize an inverter generator of 65 decibels or less.
    1. The generator is required to be mounted on the rear of the truck to keep pathways around the truck clear of obstacles.
    2. The generator may be enclosed, but may not be enclosed in a solid material which could amplify the sounds of the generator, and cause the fumes to accumulate.
  5. Location of Sales. Food Trucks must park in accordance with Sec 39.13 and sales by licensees in curbside food zones shall be made on the curbside only, and the vehicle shall be parked within one foot of the curb.
  6. Parking. When not open for business, or within hours outside of the permitted hours of operation, food trucks must vacate the assigned Food Truck parking space, and park in accordance with Sec. 58.926 of the Land Development Code.
  7. Fire Separation. Adhere to all NFPA food truck safety standards including clearance of at least 10 ft. separation between a food truck and a building, structure, or another vehicle/food truck.
  8. Vehicle Registration. Vehicle registration must be valid and up to date.
  9. State License. All Food Trucks must obtain the any required state licenses prior to obtaining a business tax receipt (BTR) from the City of Orlando.
  10. Business Tax Receipt. Food Trucks must obtain a BTR from the City of Orlando and must also obtain a business tax receipt from Orange County as a requirement to participate in the Downtown Food Truck Pilot Program. Orange County will require a copy of the state license and copy of the City issued BTR.
  11. Access. Mobile Food Vendors may not disrupt the pedestrian circulation, vehicular ingress and egress from a property, or landscaped areas of the property. Vendors shall not “hop” curbs or perform any other illegal traffic maneuvers.
  12. Alcohol. No alcohol is allowed to be sold from food trucks.
  13. Signage. Each of the designated locations will include signage that only food truck parking is allowed during specifically permitted hours. No exterior, freestanding signage shall be permitted.
  14. Waste Management.
    1. Mobile food vendors are required to provide trash receptacles for their operation (minimum 48-gallon size), and provide proper disposal of trash and waste associated with their operation. A minimum of one trash can must be provided; but, more may be needed to adequately serve their operation. Recycling containers shall also be provided for any containers that are recyclable.
    2. Vendors must keep clean the site where they operate, including rights of ways within 25 ft. of the subject property of their operation. This includes grease, trash, paper, cups, cans and any other items associated with the vending operation.
    3. Liquid waste or grease may not be disposed of in tree wells, storm drains or onto streets, sidewalks or any other public or private property. Vendors are responsible for removal of grease or liquids wastes from their operation, including the legal disposal of wastewater and grease in accordance with City Code.
  15. Styrofoam Ban. Per City’s adopted Sustainability Action Plan, Styrofoam cups or packaging, single use straws, and single use plastic bags are prohibited for use by vendors operating on City properties, parks and rights-of-way.
  16. No Outdoor Display. All operations shall be contained within the approved vending vehicle approved by the state.  

 

Food Truck Locations and Operating Times

Food Truck Zone Name  # of Food Trucks  Operating Times 
Sperry Fountain   2 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
7 days a week 
Heritage Square   2 7 a.m. - 3 a.m.
7 days a week 
Magnolia Loop*   1 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
7 days a week
North Eola Playground*   2 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Monday - Saturday
West Church Street*   2 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Monday - Saturday 

 * Indicates new location.

As a food truck operator, how much is the cost to pay the parking meters?

Previously, food truck operators were required to pay the parking meters throughout the duration of their operation. The Community Redevelopment Agency will cover these parking costs temporarily until September 30, 2021 for food truck operators in association with the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Initiative.

Other than the costs associated with required licenses and permits, there is no other costs to participate in the Downtown Food Truck Program during the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Initiative.

 

Is there a time restriction as to how long a food truck can stay in a space?

While the city does not have a max allotment time for a food truck to stay in a space, food trucks are required to adhere to the posted hours of operation for their zone. A truck must be open for business when parked at a food truck parking zone. Food trucks are not to remain parked before or after posted hours.