Food Trucks and Block Parties
The Food Truck Coordinator is Lida Coleman. For information about food trucks, please contact Lida at firstname.lastname@example.org or (912) 351-3837.
Savannah City Council passed the Mobile Food Service Unit (food truck) ordinance on August 18, 2016. The goal of the Food Truck Ordinance is to provide regulations that are fair, ensure that persons vending on private property do not impede on public space, provide a variety of goods, services, and economic opportunities to the community at large, and encourage active street level activity to enhance the urban environment.
Read the approved Mobile Food Service Unit Ordinance
Applicants must complete a Food Truck Application and submit the application to Lida Coleman at City of Savannah, Special Events, Film and Tourism Office located at One Waring Drive, Savannah, GA 31404.
Mobile Food Service Units (MFSUs) must submit this application whether they are interested in public property sites, private property sites, or both. Each private property location must get a separate approval. Five private property locations may be included on the initial application to the City.
Mobile Food Service Units (food trucks/push carts) must get approval from the City on an annual basis and pay a $150 fee per year.
Mobile Food Service Unit Location Approval Application
**NOTE: Prior to submitting an application for Location Approval, and prior to signing a lease agreement with a property owner, please submit a Zoning Information Request (ZIR) Form to determine if the property you are considering is in an area that will allow food trucks.
Mobile Food Service Units must obtain the following permits, licenses, and approval in order to legally operate:
A complete application should include the following:
- Health Department Permit and Inspection Certificate for Base of Operations, http://www.gachd.org/environmental-health/food_service_permit_applicatio/
- Mobile Food Service Unit (MFSU) Fee (one per calendar year)
- Business Tax Certificate for Base Operations, or if located outside City limits, evidence of licensing in the Base of Operation’s home jurisdiction, if applicable Business License Application Process
- City of Savannah Fire Department Inspection – Contact the Fire Marshal at (912) 644-5960 to schedule an inspection
- Grease Management Plan – Food Trucks must comply with the City’s grease interceptor standards.
- Georgia Motor Vehicle Registration
- Georgia Motor Vehicle Driver’s License
- Recent photograph of Food Truck/Push Cart
- Fully Executed copy of Lease Agreement for each proposed operating location
- Sketch Plan(s) for each location illustrating the location of the MFSU, pedestrian clearance, any temporary seating, and other dimensional requirements.
The following fees shall be applied for any mobile food service unit permits issued by the City of Savannah. Unit Application Fee $25.00 per Application Mobile Food Service Unit Annual Permit Fee $200.00 per Unit Mobile Food Service - Food Truck Rodeo $200 - $500.00 per unit First Violation: $500.00 Second Violation withing 12 months following the first violation: $750.00 Third violation within the 12 months following the first violation: $1,000 and revocation of the mobile food service unit location approvals. Mobile Food Service Unit Location Approvals will be revoked for six months from the date of the third violation.