Food Truck FAQs

Edmonton food trucksThis FAQ page is intended to answer a lot of the common questions we receive from readers of the site. We hope this helps you in your quest for food truck glory.

What exactly is Edmonton Food Trucks?

We’re all about the Edmonton food truck scene. Our goal is to promote a vibrant and sustainable food truck culture in this city by listing all the local trucks, food truck locations and keeping everyone informed of the latest food truck news and events. In addition to this web site we also have an Android and iPhone app and are active on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

How does a truck get listed on this site?

If you own a truck and aren’t already listed, please contact us and we’ll make arrangements to have you added as soon as possible.

Are their parking limitations?

Food trucks with a valid permit are not allowed to park:

  • On prohibited streets or private property without consent
  • Within 400m of a school
  • Within 20m of a restaurant
  • City transportation zones

How do I select a prime location to park in Edmonton?

Locations that are in high demand are issued in advanced. While applying for your vending permit you must request locations. Once issued your vending permit you will be issued up to 3 locations. Trucks that are in parking meter zones must pay a fee of $23 dollars a day. If you would like to park your truck outside an area of high demand you may do so without approval.

I’m thinking of starting my own food truck. Are there restrictions on what type of food I can sell?

Alberta Health Services must approve food and menu before operating.

What sort of licenses and permits do I need?

Before starting the operation of a food truck the operator must hold:

  • A valid food handling permit issued by Alberta Health Services
  • Truck must comply with standards set by Alberta Health Services and the fire department
  • Business license
  • A Vending Permit

How do I obtain a Vending Permit?

To obtain and secure a vending permit the following steps must be completed:

  • Complete application form
  • Provide required documentation
  • Submit application & required documentation in person or via mail

Once issued your vending permit you must:

  • Post the vending permit in unit
  • Keep unit and area neat and tidy
  • Adhere to terms and conditions

What sort of insurance do I need?

Food trucks are required to obtain a public liability insurance policy with a minimum inclusive limit of $2,000,000.

What are food truck operating hours?

Trucks are allowed to operate between 5:00am – 3:00am.

Approximately how much does retrofitting a food truck cost?

Trucks can be retrofitted for anywhere between $30,000-$50,000 before appliances which will be additional.

What kind of generators should be used for food trucks?

As the generators will need to be used for extended periods of time, food truck vendors recommend Onan or Generac generators as they are silent (very important), high watt generators that are equipped to run continuously.

What other tips do you have for me?

  • Don’t get into the industry looking for a cheap, used Purolator truck. Instead, look for something that’s between $15k-20k, or else you’ll be spending more time and money repairing it than operating on the streets.
  • Anticipate paying 15%-20% of sales to event organizers in fees.
  • Consider diesel trucks vs. gas trucks when purchasing. Diesel trucks are more expensive up front but will typically last longer and use less fuel.

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