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Posted on: July 20, 2022

Updates to Carbondale Food Truck Ordinance

Food Truck Ordinance Changes

  1. Changes for All Food Truck/Trailer and Pushcart Operators:
    1. The Ordinance removes requirements for criminal history checks regardless of whether they operate from public or private property and exempts those operators from license denial or revocation due to a disposition of guilt through supervision, probation, or conviction. 
    2. There is no longer a surety bond requirement for operators. 
    3. There is no longer a minimum or maximum time of operation. Before the Ordinance was revised, vendors could only operate at one location for a minimum of thirty (30) minutes and a maximum of four (4) consecutive hours and may not return to that same location for a minimum of two (2) hours after leaving.
    4. Food truck/trailer permit holders are permitted to operate within the City of Carbondale if they have received a valid permit from the Jackson County Health Department (JCHD). Food truck vendors are required to present an approved JCHD permit to the City of Carbondale for issuance of a City permit. All permits must be displayed on each vehicle.
  2. Changes for Operators Operating on Private Property:
    1. There is no longer a licensing fee for those food trucks/trailers or pushcarts operated on private property. 
    2. Written permission is no longer required from the property owner.
    3. Sales occurring on private property are no longer limited to specific designated areas. Operators may operate from properly zoned private property in accordance with all applicable laws and ordinances and with the permission of the property owner. 
  3. Changes for Operators Operating on Public Property:
    1. License fees only apply to operators who operate at specially designated city-controlled public property locations. The license fee is a one-time payment of $100.00. 
    2. Sales occurring on public property controlled by the City of Carbondale are permitted only from designated food truck vendor areas. Maps of these designated places of sales are available in the City Clerk's Office and on the City's website. The issuance of an annual license does not in any way reserve or designate space in the food truck vendor areas. Availability will be on a first-come, first-serve basis
    3. Operators shall only permit sales from the curbside of the vehicle when parked on a City street.

*Please note, this is only a brief highlight of the recent changes. 


Click here to view the complete revised Ordinance, or for more information, please contact the City Clerk's Office at (618) 457-3281. 


Please complete this application and return it to the City Clerk's Office to apply for a permit. 

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