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What Is a Food Truck?
A food truck is a mobile food unit or motorized vehicle used to sell food to the public. The truck typically has a full kitchen and refrigerator needed to prepare and cook food.
Starting a food truck business requires more legal work than one may realize. However, it can still be a profitable business venture.
What Type of Food Truck Do I Need?
The food truck needed depends on the jurisdiction. Some jurisdictions require a food truck owner to have a standard size delivery truck with heating units in the rear of the truck. Food trucks range from 14 to 30 feet and have a fully functioning kitchen.
Do I Need a License to Operate My Food Truck?
Yes. Prior to launching a food truck business, an owner must obtain a license. A business license is needed to operate from city to city. The legal consequences of not having a license includes:
- Suspension of operating a business
- Possible criminal consequences
Do I Have to Meet Certain Healthy and Safety Standards?
Yes. Before a food truck owner can sell food, all health inspections must be passed. For example, in Washington, DC an inspection is conducted for the following:
- Copy of license for the service support
- Commissary, deport, or service support facility meeting the correct operating needs
- Record keeping and food purchase record storage in order
- Proof of an identification card. This care is for district-issued food manager
- Proof of ownership
- Proper identification
- Vehicle license
Will I Have to Go Through the Same Stringent Legal Requirements If I Sell Prepackaged Food?
An owner may not have to go through the same legal requirements as someone cooking food. Check with the jurisdiction for clarification.
Do I Need to Consult a Lawyer Prior to Starting a Food Truck Business?
To be on the safe side, you should talk to a business lawyer about starting and operating a food truck business.
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Last Modified: 01-18-2016 09:49 AM PST
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