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Food Truck Permits

Starting a food truck, also called a “Refreshment Vehicle”, can be an exciting venture! To operate a food truck or cart you must have a licence to sell food and beverages in the city.

Park vendor permits

Community spaces, such as parks, are important gathering places. The food and drinks available in community spaces can impact the health of the residents. By having healthy options readily available, you can help shape positive eating habits.

Please review our Park Refreshment Vehicle Policy. We evaluate all applications as outlined in this policy. The Park Refreshment Vehicle Policy promotes and prioritizes vendors who: 

  • Offer healthy and / or certified organic food options 
  • Offer local food options 
  • Use sustainable business practices 
  • Follow accessibility standards 

Application timeline

We accept applications year-round, we grant permits in April to the top-scoring applicants who submit their applications in March.

Review Process

Assignments are not based on a first-come, first-served basis. Instead, applications will be scored, considering the availability of healthy options on your menu. For information on healthy options, please visit Canada's Food Guide.

We are committed to supporting the food industry while maintaining business standards and regulating the Refreshment Vehicle Industry for health, safety, and public well-being. Our Licensing Team and Public Health Dietician Team will review the Healthy Food Scoring Form to ensure it meets the standards, requirements, and qualifications of the Healthy Food framework.

Permits and designated locations 

We offer monthly and annual permits, and they are available for the following locations: 

Note: Please review the application for the number and type of sites available at each location. Other locations may be considered upon request. 

The City of Kingston acknowledges that we are on the traditional homeland of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and the Huron-Wendat, and thanks these nations for their care and stewardship over this shared land.

Today, the City is committed to working with Indigenous peoples and all residents to pursue a united path of reconciliation.

Learn more about the City's reconciliation initiatives.

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