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Food Trucks

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Mobile food vendors are a popular attraction at special events and farmer’s markets in Surrey. The City has seen an increase in the number of event organizers that want mobile food vendors to provide food services at their events.

Operating a Food Truck in Surrey

Although the City went through a competition process to select vendors to work at City-approved locations, other vendors can operate a food truck at festivals and events held on city land. Operators must receive approval from the organizers of the event and meet the City's requirements to operate.

Requirements

The following items are required to operate your food truck at festivals and events held on city land:

Permit to Operate from the Fraser Health Authority

If you only have a Vancouver Coastal Health Authority permit, you still need to apply for a temporary permit with Fraser Health.

WorkSafeBC

If you have onsite employees, provide a clearance letter from WorkSafeBC confirming that your account is currently active and in good standing.

Fire Safety Inspection

Surrey Fire Services must inspect your unit. The approval is good for the calendar year. Inspection is conducted at Fire Hall #1 (8767 – 132 Street between 7:30 and 9:30 am, Monday to Friday. No appointment necessary.  Alternatively, they will accept an approval from another fire department in the Greater Vancouver Fire Chiefs Association. This approval must be for the current calendar year. Email documentation to fireprevention@surrey.ca.

Electrical Permit

An electrical permit is only required if you are using a portable generator that is not affixed to the truck and your generator is over 5000W. To apply for a permit, visit the front counter of the Planning & Development Department at City Hall (13450 – 104 Ave).

Under section 21(1) of the Electrical Safety Regulation, electrical equipment in your truck must display a mark or label from a certification agency accredited by the Standards Council of Canada or an approval label issued by the British Columbia Safety Authority under section 10 of the Safety Standards Act. See the Approved Certification Marks for accepted approval marks or labels. For additional information, contact the Electrical section at 604-591-4240.

Gas Approval Requirements

Review the Equipment Gas Requirements to ensure your food truck meets the British Columbia Safety Authority's gas requirements.

Insurance Coverage

Insurance coverage in the amount of a minimum $5,000,000 is required. The policy must name the City of Surrey as an additional insured.

Surrey Business License

To apply for a Surrey Business Licence for your mobile food vending unit, please visit the Bylaw & Licensing Department at City Hall, located at 13450 104 Avenue.

You will require a letter of authorization from Sukhi Bahia, the Business Systems Coordinator (ssbahia@surrey.ca or 604-501-5046) to present to the Bylaw & Licensing Department when applying for the licence. Before this letter can be issued, you must provide proof that all applicable requirements above are met.

Background & Resources

In 2012, Council received a delegation who requested the City consider a food truck program. In July 2013, Council approved the development of the program and directed staff to gather input from the public and other key stakeholders. Staff found that the feedback from key stakeholders was positive and constructive.

Based on the research and consultation, staff developed a program complete with approved site locations and program logistics. In May 2014, Council approved the implementation of the program.

Contact

For questions about Surrey's Food Truck Program, or for a list of City-approved food trucks, contact Sukhi Bahia at ssbahia@surrey.ca or 604-501-5046.