Rules of the Road

As part of the Mobile Food Truck Program, trucks commit to certain policies. Violation of these policies results in the accumulation of points, fines, and suspended permits/licenses.


ClassFinePointsEnforcing Body
1$300.00*2Boston Police Department & Office of Food Initiatives
2$0.001Office of Food Initiatives (for spot checks) & Boston Police Department
3Forfeit of site1Office of Food Initiatives

Points will accrue throughout the duration of each Food Truck vending year (April 1 through March 31) and will reset at 0 at the start of the following Food Truck vending year.

  • After the accumulation of 6 points (the equivalent of three Class 1 Violations), the Mobile Food Truck Permit will be suspended for 3 days;

  • Accumulation of 12 points leads to suspension with hearing to suspend permit for 1 week;

  • And after accumulation of 18 points, the food truck is not welcome to apply to vend on the public way for 1 year.

List of Offenses with Class and Enforcing Body:


Class

Offense

Enforcing Body

1

Vending without a Mobile Food Truck Permit

Boston Police Department

1

Vending without a Site License

Boston Police Department

1

Operating at site not on Site License

Boston Police Department

1

Reckless Driving

Boston Police Department

1

Operating outside of scheduled shift

Boston Police Department

1

Drop site after deadline, unless willing to pay one-month's rent for dropped site(s)

Office of Food Initiatives

2

Mobile Food Truck Site License not picked up within 1 week of issue

Office of Food Initiatives

2

Money handlers vending without valid Hawkers and Peddlers License

Office of Food Initiatives

2

Vending without an active GPS

Office of Food Initiatives

2

Advertising with an A-frame sign

Office of Food Initiatives

2

Parking closer than 15' to another Food Truck on a cluster site (within 10' in Private site)

Office of Food Initiatives

2

Vending with generator outside of Food Truck (unless you receive an exemption)

Boston Police Department

2

Improper parking

Office of Food Initiatives

2

Tables outside of truck

Office of Food Initiatives

2

Violation of Waste Management (no receptacle, not cleaning site w/in 100ft)

Office of Food Initiatives

2

Idling Food Truck while vending

Office of Food Initiatives

2

Serving a sugar-sweetened beverage on a public site

Office of Food Initiatives

2

Not providing a healthy menu option

Office of Food Initiatives

2

Not providing appropriate service ware to customers

Office of Food Initiatives

3

Not showing up to the same shift for 2 consecutive weeks

Office of Food Initiatives

The above list is not comprehensive. Other offenses (including those enforced by the Fire and Inspectional Services departments) are taken into account during the Food Truck’s Annual Review. If applicable, appeals, including an explanation, may be submitted in writing to the Office of Food Initiatives

*Per the Mobile Food Truck Ordinance, the maximum fine to be levied on one day will be $300. As such, if multiple Class 1 offenses are found on the same day, the Food Truck owner will only be levied one $300 fine.

Announcements

  • Info Session for New Vendors

    The Office of Food Initiatives will be hosting info sessions for new vendors in May, August, and November in the Boston City Hall in the BRA Boardroom (9th Floor) starting at 4:00 PM. We will provide a thorough overview of the Mobile Food Truck Program and provide an opportunity for asking specific questions.

    If you are considering a food truck business and have questions about the permitting and licensing process, please RSVP with your name and contact information to the Mobile Food Truck Coordinator, in the Office of Food Initiatives.

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