A mobile food truck can become a thriving business in a city like New York, and it's often less expensive to start than a brick-and-mortar operation is. However, it’s important to keep in mind that you must follow certain regulations. Here are some examples.
3 New York City Food Truck Regulations
1. License & Permit
The first step is not much different from what you must do when opening any restaurant. You must acquire a license from the city or be deemed a health hazard and face a stiff fine. You must also apply for a permit, have the truck inspected by the health department, and pass a 15-hour course on food storage and protection. You'll then receive a decal you must affix to the side of the truck.
2. Parking Regs
Now your mobile food truck is presumably street-legal, but you must be careful about where you park and sell your goods. For instance, you may not do your vending at bus stops, taxi stands, or in the no-standing zone alongside hospitals. Stay clear of driveways, subway entrances, and crosswalks.
3. Cooking & Vending Regulations
Food trucks are subject to a variety of regulations regarding food preparation. For example, you may not de-bone or cut meats into portion size on your mobile food truck, and you must be sure you have the right type of thermometer: it must have a metal stem and a numeric scale. Ice may not be in block form; only crushed, cubed, or chipped, and in a single-use plastic bag. Your wastewater tank must be labeled and must be 15% larger than your freshwater tank. You must dedicate a sink to the washing of hands, and you and your staff must always dress appropriately; no tank-tops or bare bellies are allowed.
If you're interested in starting a mobile food truck business, contact Shanghai Mobile Kitchen Solutions in Brooklyn. They are intimately familiar with New York regulations and can help you navigate the process. They are family-owned and operated and have been in business since 1979. They also specialize in ice cream trucks, custom kitchens, and food cart design. Visit their website to learn more about their products or call (800) 253-4815 to arrange a consultation.