Mobile Food Truck Ordinance

The City's mobile food truck ordinance is applicable citywide (effective October 15, 2014).

On March 18, 2014, the City Council adopted an ordinance to allow mobile food trucks to legally operate in the public right-of-way and on private property.

On September 15, 2014, the City Council approved a Resolution to overrule the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority's decision of ordinance inconsistency which upheld the City's adopted mobile food truck ordinance.

On October 8, 2014, the Coastal Commission certified the associated local coastal program amendment, which allowed the ordinance to become effective citywide.

The ordinance allows food trucks to operate (with no City permit required):

  • in the public right-of-way;
  • in industrial and commercial-office zones;
  • in most RM zones to serve residents/guests of residential developments with 16 or ore dwelling units;
  • on the premises of schools, universities, hospitals or churches in any zone;
  • for private catering in any zone; and
  • to serve active construction sites in any zone.

Operations on private property in most commercial zones and in the downtown community plan area are subject to a ministerial permit.

See PDF icon Information Bulletin 148 and the Mobile Food Truck Permit Application Form PDF icon (DS-210) for additional information.

For other questions or concerns, see the Frequently Asked Questions, call 619-446-5000 or email [email protected]