Mobile Food Vendor Pilot Program

The Puyallup City Council has authorized a pilot program to allow licensed and permitted mobile food vendors to operate in Puyallup locating on private properties (as authorized by property owner), existing street parking and other public property locations. Proposals that comply with the following regulations and conditions are exempt from PMC 5.65 Mobile Vendors and/or PMC 20.70 Temporary Uses, and PMC 10.40 on-street parking time limits. Please see attached map for prohibited parking locations. Other local and state laws may apply.

A Mobile Food Vendor is defined as a seller of food from a mobile food preparation van, truck, or other vehicle or conveyance; this also includes food carts. Sales of only pre-packaged food products does not constitute mobile food vending.

Highlights of the pilot program are as follows: 

  • Mobile food vendors must apply for and receive a permit through the Development Services permit counter (City Hall - 2nd floor). We anticipate needing up to 2-3 days to review the application and issue the permit.
  • The permit application is linked here (PDF version), or on the right-hand side of this page. Or you may fill out this form and submit your application online; be prepared to upload proof of Health Department approval, Insurance (CG 20 12), and Hood Suppression Inspection tags.
  • Mobile food vendors authorized under this program are allowed to operate in the right of way/parking spaces of certain designated streets, or on private property in the CBD or CBD-Core zone (see map).
  • A business license is still required. A mobile vendor license and/or temporary use permit are not required.

For more program details, see the program guidelines listed on the right hand side of this page.

Vendors or citizens wishing to provide feedback or ask questions about the pilot program are encouraged to contact Planning@ci.puyallup.wa.us or 253-864-4165 and press 3 for Planning. We welcome your comments to assist us as we look to develop a permanent food vendor program!

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