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Food Trucks

Mobile Food Truck  Program - Operating on City Right Away 

The City of Tacoma and the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD) have partnered to create a program for food truck owners to commercially operate their mobile food trucks on City right of way, at identified pre-approved locations throughout the City. Food trucks that would like to operate at a location that is not pre-approved, can still obtain a permit from the City for temporary, single or multi-day use in association with a Special Event or private party.


A checklist has been created to guide food truck operators through the process.


Health Department Permit

A Mobile Unit Permit is applied for and approved by the TPCHD. In addition, Sales Site Agreements are required to be submitted to and approved by the TPCHD. Food truck operators are responsible for identifying usable restrooms (defined in the Sales Site Agreement) and obtaining permission and signatures from property or business owners to use the restrooms. Food trucks are not allowed to operate without this approved agreement.


Contact Information 

Contact TPCHD for assistance with the Sales Site Agreement application process and information about annual food truck licensing. 


Food Program at food@tpchd.org or (253) 649-1706.


City Food Truck License

A new City regulatory license was created that allows mobile food trucks or trailers to legally operate curb side at select zones in the city limits of Tacoma. The requirements of the license include commercial liability insurance, a copy of the TPCHD Mobile Unit Permit and Sales Site Agreements and an inspection of the vehicle by the Fire Department. This regulatory license is needed in addition to your annual City business license and your annual Health Department Mobile Unit Permit.


Contact Information 

Contact City of Tacoma Tax & License Office for assistance with the Food Truck license and application process, cost and when to apply.


licenseinfo@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5252


Established Locations-Enforcement

To file a complaint regarding an existing zone, call 311 or visit the City’s TacomaFIRST 311 website.


New Zones

Don’t see a location that will work for your business? Tacoma has established a process for food truck operators and/or citizens to request new locations. This process ensures the public is aware of and has been allowed to comment regarding new zones being proposed. Please see the Food Truck Location Request form and the Tacoma Municipal Code (TMC) Chapter 6B.175 Food Trucks for more information.


You can email the filled-out form to licenseinfo@cityoftacoma.org or drop it off at the Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market Street, Room 220, Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM.


Tools for Food Truck Operators 

The following tools have been created to guide food truck operators through the licensing process: 

Special Events Office

Contact the City of Tacoma Community and Economic Development Department with general questions about doing business in Tacoma. To obtain a Special Event permit, contact Kala Dralle via email or phone at (253) 573-2523 or visit www.cityoftacoma.org/specialevents.


Contact Us


Tax & License 


(253) 591-5252

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department

(253) 649-1706

Community and Economic Development Department

(253) 573-2523

Fire Prevention Department

(253) 591-5503