Surrey's Food Truck Program
An intro to food trucks
Street food is growing in popularity across North America. Many cities are embracing the trend and amending their regulations to allow food trucks (including carts and trailers) to become culinary attractions on the streets.
Food Trucks in Surrey
In Surrey, for years, mobile food vendors have been a popular attraction at special events and farmer’s markets. The City has seen an increase in the number of event organizers that want mobile food vendors to provide food services at their events.
Background information on Surrey's Food Truck Program
In 2012, Council received a delegation that requested the City consider a food truck program. On July 15, 2013, Council approved in principle the development of the program and directed staff to gather input from the public and other key stakeholders, along with finding ideal locations and devising program logistics. Staff found that the feedback from key stakeholders was positive and constructive. Based on the research and consultation, staff developed a program complete with approved site locations and program logistics. On May 12, 2014, Council gave approval to staff to implement the program.
The City sought out interested mobile food vendors (operators of trucks, trailers, and carts) to apply for a permit to operate at select City approved locations, in addition to being listed as recommended vendors to organizers of outdoor festivals and events in the City. The following are the successful applicants:
Requirements to Operate
Although the City went through a competition process to select vendors to work at City approved locations, other vendors can operate a food truck at festivals and events held on City Land, upon receiving approval from the individual organizers of the festivals and events and meeting the City's requirements to operate.
For more information regarding the program, please contact Sukhi Bahia, Business Systems Coordinator, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 604-501-5046.