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Surrey's Food Truck Program

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Mobile food vendors have been a popular attraction at Surrey 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.

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.

The following are the requirements to operate at festivals and events held on City Land:

  • Permit to Operate from the Fraser Health Authority.  If you only have a Vancouver Coastal Health Authority permit, you still need to apply for a temporary permit with the FHA.
  • If you have onsite employees, provide a clearance letter from Work Safe BC confirming that your account is currently active and in good standing.
  • Fire Safety Inspection - The City of Surrey Fire Services will need to inspect your unit. The approval is good for the calendar year. Inspection is conducted at Fire Hall #1 (8767 – 132 Street).  Hours are between 7:30am to 9:30am, Monday to Friday.  No appointment is necessary.  Alternatively, they will accept an approval from another Fire Department in the Greater Vancouver Fire Chiefs Association. This approval must be for the current calendar year. Email documentation to to fireprevention@surrey.ca
  • Electrical Permit – only required if you are using a portable generator that is not affixed to the truck and your generator is over 5000W.  To apply for a permit, you must visit the front counter of the Planning & Development Department located at City Hall (13450 – 104 Ave). Also, under section 21(1) of the Electrical Safety Regulation, electrical equipment in your truck must bear evidence of either a mark or a label of a certification agency accredited by the Standards Council of Canada or an approval label issued by the British Columbia Safety Authority under section 10 of the Safety Standards Act.  Please see the Approved Certification Marks for accepted approval marks or labels.For additional information, you can contact the Electrical Section directly at 604-591-4240.
  • Gas Approval Requirements - Please review the Equipment Gas Requirements to ensure that your vending unit meets the British Columbia Safety Authority's gas requirements.
  • Insurance Coverage in the amount of a minimum $5,000,000.  The policy must name the City of Surrey as an additional insured.
  • Surrey Business License. To apply for, and receive, a Surrey Business License for your mobile food vending unit, please visit the Bylaw and Licensing Department, at City Hall, located at 13450 – 104 Avenue. You will require a letter of authorization from Sukhi Bahia, the Business Systems Coordinator, to present to the Bylaw and Licensing Department, when applying for the Licence. Before this letter can be issued, you must provide proof that all applicable requirements above are met.

For more information, please contact Sukhi Bahia at ssbahia@surrey.ca or 604-501-5046.

Approved Vendors

The City sought out interested food trucks (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 were some of the successful applicants:

As of June 2017, there are 21 additional food trucks that meet all of the City's requirements to work at Festivals and Events in the City.

If you are an event organizer and are looking for food trucks to attend your event, for a list of all approved food trucks, please contact Sukhi Bahia, Business Systems Coordinator, by email at ssbahia@surrey.ca or by phone at 604-501-5046.

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.