Mobile Food Vending

The City of Oakland requires a Mobile Food Vending permit to sell food from a truck, trailer or cart on private property, the sidewalk, or the street. This is in addition to Alameda County health permits, a City of Oakland Business Tax Certificate, and other applicable permits.

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Oakland was one of the first cities in the country to create a mobile food vending permit program. Over fifteen years later, mobile food vending has grown in popularity and diversity, both locally and nationwide. The City revised its regulations in 2017 to keep up with these changes and increase opportunities for entrepreneurs to start a new food vending business while protecting the health, safety, comfort, convenience, and general welfare of the community.

We are now accepting applications for new mobile food sidewalk vending permits, but application for other types of mobile food vending is not being accepted at this time.

The City is reviewing regulations for all types of mobile food vending, including sidewalk vending, food trucks, trailers, private property, streets, etc. Check our website and sign up here for email updates to find out the latest news, including opportunities to provide feedback.

The Oakland Fire Department inspects all food trucks and commissary trucks for gas systems and fire prevention safety measures. Vendors must apply with the Department of Fire Prevention for an inspection and Fire Clearance. Schedule a Fire Safety Inspection.

Contact Us

Map location for Mobile Food Vending, located at 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza (City Hall) in Oakland, CA 94612
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza (City Hall)
Suite 123 (1st floor)
Oakland, CA 94612

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