Process for Applying & Obtaining The Mobile Food Vendor Permit
Mobile Food Unit Vendors prepare and sell food to the public and must therefore obtain multiple permits and pass inspections in order to operate in Metro Nashville.
This site provides information and guidance specific to obtaining the permits necessary to operate a mobile food service business commonly referred to as a "food truck" in Nashville, Tennessee.

Please follow the simple steps below to get started with you application!
Step 1: Understand Requirements
Understand federal, state and local requirements for operating a food service business.
Step 2: Ensure Business Compliance
Ensure your employees, equipment and locations comply with all the government requirements.
Step 3: Operating Requirements
Understand federal, state and local requirements for operating a food service business.
Step 4: Apply For a Food Vendor Permit!
Completed Mobile Food vendor application (PDF) and submit it along with a complete set of documents.
Application & Document Requirements

The completed Mobile Food vendor application must be submitted along with a complete set of documents. A complete set of documents will contain:

  • The vehicle registration number, make, model and description for any vehicle to be used including dimensions and color photographs (front, both sides, rear) of the mobile food unit or vehicle
  • Mobile Food Vendor units must be permanently enclosed units and have a service window. All other mobile food cart vendors should contact the County Clerk Office regarding permitting and operation regulations.
  • A valid government issued operator’s driver license
  • Description of food, food type and menu
  • Specific descriptions and floor plans for each unit and equipment list to support menu preparation
  • Hours of operation
  • One copy of Health permit
  • Commissary address and permission letter
  • Equipment list and proof of waste water discharge agreement as required by Metro Water Services
  • Equipment list and permit as required by Fire Department.
  • A written authorization from property owners at the specified location and a copy of the lease or letters from the Landlord for each site must accompany the application.
  • Codes Department building application number and copy of tracking form for units that stay in place if operating on private property. Site plan and photo for each private site.
  • One copy of Business license and tax ID and owner information
  • During the pilot program, a check for $55 application fee is required in downtown, DTC area, for a lane closure at signed Mobile Food Vendor locations for a permit valid in Davidson County until the pilot program ends.
  • Solid waste and recycling plan (Description of your plans for clean up and removal of trash, recycling, and litter).
Please go through the Mobile Food Pilot Program to learn more.
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