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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:

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:

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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