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Street Food Carts or Trucks

  • Customers waiting their turn at one of Seattle's food trucks.

What Is It?

You can sell food from a street food truck or a trailer on private property under certain conditions. You may or may not need a permit depending on the circumstances. Learn more about Street-Food Vending in Seattle.

Note: Property owners should consult with the Department of Public Health-Seattle and King County to understand requirements related to overnight or permanent operations.

What Permits Do You Need?

You don’t need a permit to sell food on private property if you:

  • Are located in a non-residential zone
  • Have permission from the owner of the property
  • Don’t stay there overnight
  • Park in an area used for parking
  • Are located at least 50 feet from any residentially-zoned property

Intermittent temporary use permits. A temporary use permit allows you to operate for two days a week in a specific zone.

Permanent use permits. This permit allows you to sell food in a specific location on private property, which requires a construction permit to establish use.

Street use vending permits. See the Seattle Department of Transportation’s Street Use Vending Permits page to determine what other permits you may need.

Research the Code

Read the Seattle Municipal Code (SMC) section on general use provisions, SMC 23.42.040.

Should You Hire a Professional?

You may prepare your plans yourself or hire a professional to help you.

What Do You Want To Do?


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