FOOD TRUCK FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
On August 27, 2019, the Shreveport City Council adopted Ordinance 99―updating the rules and regulations regarding food truck and trailer vendors operating within the City Limits of Shreveport. The ordinance went into effect on September 7, 2019.
Starting October 1, 2019, all food truck and trailer vendors who operate within the City will be required to obtain―and display―a Food Truck and Vendor License issued through the Office of the Metropolitan Planning Commission.
The following are some frequently asked questions about Food Truck operating in the City of Shreveport. If your question isn’t answered here, please don’t hesitate to call us!
A food truck and trailer vendor―commonly referred to only as a “food truck”―is a vendor that operates a commercially-manufactured motorized self-contained food service operation truck or towed trailer unit designed to be readily movable. Any food truck and trailer vendor must completely retain its mobility at all times. Mobile food trucks and trailer units are not meant to be permanent facilities. A food truck and trailer vendor does not mean a stand or a booth.
In general―if the vehicle is transportable over a road; sells food or other items; people work inside of it; customers stand only outside; has electrical, water or drain, and gas piping systems; is less than 8.5 feet wide, then yes — it’s a food truck and shall comply with the ordinance.
No. The classic hot dog pushcart doesn’t have people working inside of it. It also can’t be―by itself―driven over a road. Hot dog carts are regulated differently than food trucks.
All food truck vendors who operate within the City will now be required to obtain a Food Truck and Vendor License issued through the Office of the Metropolitan Planning Commission, and shall comply with all zoning and operational requirements as established by the Shreveport Unified Development Code (UDC), as well as all other applicable ordinances, statutes, rules and regulations of the City of Shreveport and State of Louisiana.
All legally licensed food truck and trailer vendors will be issued an operational sticker (see attached) which will be displayed on the concession window of all licensed food truck vendors. A food truck and trailer license sticker indicates that the food truck has a: (1) current operational business license, (2) current health permit and (3) submitted all the necessary paperwork required to obtain the food truck and trailer license.
Food trucks are popular and safety is paramount. A 2014 propane tank explosion in a Philadelphia food truck killed two people and injured twelve others. Also, the ordinance creates a “business friendly” one-stop-shop ensuring out-of-state food trucks are safe without creating unnecessary hoops.
Food Trucks are monitored and enforced by several departments. The MPC’s Zoning Administrator or Executive Director is authorized to revoke a Food Truck and Trailer Vendor’s License for violating the UDC’s food truck operational standards and limitations, as well as issue zoning violations to the property owner to which the food truck and trailer vendor is operating. Authorized personnel from the Shreveport Police Department may issue citations―in accordance with Ch. 1, Sec.1-14 and Chapter 86, Sec. 86-35 of the City Code―if he or she determines that the vendor’s operations are violating any applicable ordinances, statutes, rules and regulations of the City of Shreveport. Business license and tax regulations will be enforced by the City of Shreveport’s Revenue Division in partnership with the Police Department.
No. As long as the food truck vendor has a current food truck and trailer license sticker, the vendor will not have to re-apply for an updated food truck and trailer license until their license expires.
Yes. Beverages are considered food and a license is required.
You must pay your appropriate fees prior to obtaining an appointment for the fire prevention inspection. You must provide a copy of your current operational business license, (2) current health permit and (3) submit all the supporting documentation required along with your completed application and the appropriate fee:
• Photograph of Vehicle/Trailer
• Valid Vehicle Registration
• Vehicle Insurance
• Shreveport Sales and Use Tax Commission
• Commercial General Liability Insurance
• Hold Harmless Agreement
Yes. If you have propane or propane accessories on your food truck or trailer, then you will need an SFD inspection. This inspection is part of the Food Truck Vendor Application approval process.
A food truck and trailer vendor license is valid for one year from the date of issuance.
No. Current state law mandates that you register your business in the municipality or jurisdiction where it is located. This registration allows your business to operate statewide. As long as you can provide proof of a valid Business Tax Certificate from the originating jurisdiction where your business is located, you will be eligible to apply for a food truck and trailer vendor license.
Food trucks can operate on any property zoned commercial or industrial, as well as on any property zoning OS (Open Space) or IC (Institutional Campus), provided they have written permission from the property owner to operate.
Yes. A property owner can allow multiple mobile food vehicles to occupy their lot at the same time. The maximum number of food trucks per lot is limited as follows: a maximum of 2 food truck vendors on lots of one-half acre or less; a maximum of 3 food truck vendors on lots between one-half acre and 1 acre; a maximum of 4 food truck vendors on lots greater than 1 acre. Five (5) or more food truck vendors are only allowed to operate on a single lot if they are operating under an approved Food Truck Park, operating under an approved Temporary Use Permit issued for a Special Outdoor Event, or operating under an approved Special Event permit such as a fair, carnival, festival, or similar transitory gathering issued by the City.
Yes. Food truck and trailer vendors must be located at least 100 feet from the main entrance to any eating establishment or similar food service business, 100 feet from any outdoor dining area and 50 feet from any permitted food vending cart location, as measured from the designated location on the lot accommodating the food truck.
Maybe. Off-site catering for a private event does not require a food truck license; however, if the caterer is selling to the general public on private property, then yes, a food truck license is required.
A commissary is a permitted food establishment, such as a restaurant, reception facility, or specialty food service with a commercial kitchen where food service providers such as food truck and trailer vendors, bakeries, caterers or sidewalk vendors can go to store food, cook, and prepare foods. Commissaries shall also act as an operating base location to which a food truck and trailer or transportation vehicle returns at least once daily for such things as vehicle and equipment cleaning, discharging liquid or solid wastes, refilling potable water tanks and ice bins, and storing food and supplies. A commissary may be a secondary use to any restaurant, reception facility, or specialty food service.
All food truck vendors shall return to the commissary daily for food, supplies, cleaning, and servicing. This is a requirement of the Caddo Parish Health Unit.
Commercial kitchens are food facilities permitted by the local health department where food can be manufactured or prepared and stored. If you are planning to sell food or beverages to the public, you must prepare and/or store the foods in a commercial kitchen.
An inspection is conducted when you apply for a new health permit or renew an existing permit. This inspection covers all equipment on your food truck or trailer. This inspection is conducted at your commissary or the Caddo Parish Health office.
This inspection also ensures you are operating correctly so that hot/cold food temperatures and food handling are being conducted in a safe manner.
No food truck and trailer may be stored within a residential driveway within the front or corner side yard.
To find this ordinance―as well as additional information on Food Truck services within the City of Shreveport―please refer to the MPC’s website at shreveportcaddompc.com/food-truck.