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Mobile Food Vendor

A mobile food vendor, or food truck, is any vehicle or pushcart used in conjunction with a commissary or other permanent food facility upon which food is sold or distributed at retail at a fixed location. There are several food trucks established throughout the city. If you are thinking about buying and operating a food truck in Turlock consider the following:

Choosing a Location

  • When choosing a location be aware that the majority of trucks provide service on the passenger side of the truck.
  • The food truck operations must be conducted entirely upon private property and not within any public right-of-way.
  • The food truck must be located on a paved surface such as concrete or asphalt and cannot interfere with the operation of any businesses or approved uses on the property.
  • No additional parking is needed to support the food truck.
  • No permanent structures can be erected on the site to support the food truck.
  • Temporary canopies or tents less than 120 square feet (10'x12') may be erected but must be removed at the end of each business day. No more than 2 tables to accommodate up to 10 people can be provided.
  • No signs, balloons, or flags may be displayed on or off the site to promote the food truck, except those permanently affixed to the food truck.
  • All food trucks and temporary canopies cannot be closer than 20-feet to any building or structure.

Permits & Licenses Required

City of Turlock Mobile Facility Permit
City of Turlock Business License
Stanislaus County Food Facility Permit

** PLEASE NOTE ** Once a complete application has been received by the Planning Department it takes approximately 15 days to process.

For information or questions about food truck inspections, food handling, and health permits, please contact:

Stanislaus County Environmental Resources
Environmental Health
3800 Cornucopia Wy, Suite C
Modesto, CA 95358
(209) 525-6700

For more information or questions about operating a food truck, please contact:

Planning Division
156 S. Broadway, Ste. 120
Turlock, CA 95380-5456
(209) 668-5640
Monday - Friday, 8AM - 5PM

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