Business Licences for Food Truck Vendors

Business Licensing for Refreshment Truck (Food Truck) Vendors

Please note that a maximum of ten (10) refreshment trailers shall be permitted within the limits of the Town at any one time, as per Section 3.37 of the Zoning By-law. The maximum number of food trucks has been reached in the Town. No further applications will be received at this time. Food trucks at special events are exceptions to this regulation as they are temporary and meant for one-time uses.

Download and print the Business License Application . Once completed, submit the application to Customer Service . This application can be submitted in person at Town Hall or online via inquiry@innisfil.ca. 

Approval Process

Step 1: Application Submission

You must submit a business license application and supporting documentation to the Town of Innisfil, which includes the following:

  • Fully dimensioned Site Drawings of proposed location
  • Proof of insurance
  • Owner’s authorization
  • Fulfillment of Health Unit and Innisfil’s Fire Department requirements

Step 2: Application Review

Your application is reviewed by Planning Services for compliance with the Town’s Zoning By-law and the Community Development Standards Branch (CDSB) for By-law compliance.

  • Zoning Review: A Development Coordinator from Planning Services will determine whether or not the application follows the current Zoning By-law.
  • By-law Review: A By-law Officer from CDSB will confirm compliance with Town By-laws
  • Staff may follow up with you if clarification or more information is required.

Step 3: Approval of License

If your application is successful and follows all rules and regulations, a staff member from CDSB will contact you to pick-up your license at Town Hall.

  • Upon issuance of your Business License, the applicant will pay the application fee of $300.00 (subject to change. Please refer to the latest version of the Fees and Charges By-law.
  • The Town of Innisfil is currently accepting payments digitally only via PayPal.

Step 4: Inspection

Once a vendor is approved, they must meet the applicable standards and provisions referenced in the Town’s Zoning By-law.

  • Inspectors from the Fire and CDSB Departments will visit your site to ensure compliance with Town standards and By-laws.

Please note that a maximum of ten (10) refreshment trailers shall be permitted within the limits of the Town at any one time, as per Section 3.37 of the Zoning By-law. The maximum number of food trucks has been reached in the Town. No further applications will be received at this time. Food trucks at special events are exceptions to this regulation as they are temporary and meant for one-time uses

 

Number   Name of Approved Food Truck (Refreshment Trailer) Licensed?
1 Mirene’s Food Truck Yes
2 Flaming Kravings Yes
3 Poutine on the Ritz Yes
4 Beaver Tails Yes
5 Friday Harbour Village Yes
6 Mrs Richie’s Kitchen Yes
7 Cooks Bay Marina Yes
8 Queen Poutine Yes
9 Beach Road Grill Yes
10 HK Food Station Yes

Are there any Vehicle Requirements for Food Tucks (Refreshment Trailers)?

The Town of Innisfil’s Zoning By-law defines refreshment trailers as a mobile cart or motor vehicle provided with or without wheels or runners used for the carriage of persons or goods. This definition includes but not limited to, a car, truck, trailer, motorcycle, cart, carriage, container, wagon, snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle. This means an ice cream cart, hot dog stand and poutine food truck all count as refreshment trailers and must meet the following requirements. Your cart or vehicle needs to be approved the the Town.

  1. The body, doors and windows of the vehicle shall be of sufficiently sound construction to provide reasonable protection against dust, dirt, flies and other injurious matter or items.
  2. The vehicle shall be equipped with a metal refuse container with a self-closing lid, or a disposable litter container.
    • Either of which shall be used for the disposal of all refuse, replaced daily and kept at all times in a clean and sanitary condition
  3. The floor and walls of the vehicle shall be of impervious material, free of holes, cracks or crevices, and the surface shall be readily washable and kept in a clean and in good condition.

Can I have a food truck at my special event?

Food trucks may be present at special events after receiving a temporary business licence from the Town of Innisfil. Since the food truck will be present for short amount of time, the approval process for a business licence is simpler and quicker. Please apply for a business licence to begin the approval process.  

Do you have additional questions?

Please email Planning Services or alternatively you can contact Customer Service at inquiry@innisfil.ca or by calling 705-436-3740.

 

Background: Innisfil’s Food Truck Pilot Programs (2016 and 2017)

Community interest in food trucks is growing in popularity across Innisfil. On June 15, 2016  Council approved the Temporary Mobile Take-Out Restaurant Pilot Program and directed staff to gather input from the community on lessons learned. Although a limited number of vendors participated in 2016 staff discovered that the feedback from the community was overall positive. On March 15, 2017  Council gave approval to staff to implement the 2017 Pilot Program, which would allow food truck vendors to locate in designated settlement areas. Mobile food vendors have been popular at special events within Innisfil for years. Approved food truck vendors were permitted under the Pilot Program to operate from May 1 to October 31, 2017.

Present-Day: Innisfil’s New Food Truck By-Law

Upon the success of the Pilot Programs, Council adopted By-law No. 080-18 to permit a maximum of 10 food trucks to operate in Innisfil on June 20, 2018. This amendment to Section 3.37 of Zoning By-Law 080-13 defines Food Trucks as Refreshment Trailers and lists what they may and may not do. Food truck vendors must apply for a business licence in order to operate in Innisfil. The approval process for a business licence is outlined below and the application form can be found here .