You can sell food from a street food truck or a trailer on private property under certain conditions. You may or may not need a permit from us depending on the circumstances. Learn more about Street-Food Vending in Seattle, including regulations, permits, and licenses required by other agencies.
Note: Property owners should consult with the Department of Public Health-Seattle and King County to understand requirements related to overnight or permanent operations.
You don’t need a construction or use permit to sell food on private property if you:
Intermittent temporary use permits. A temporary use permit allows you to operate for two days a week in a specific zone.
Permanent use permits. This permit allows you to sell food in a specific location on private property, which requires a construction permit to establish use.
Street use vending permits. See the Seattle Department of Transportation’s Street Use Vending Permits page to determine what other permits you may need.
You may also need to apply for electrical service changes or new services from Seattle City Light.
Read the Seattle Municipal Code (SMC) section on general use provisions, SMC 23.42.040.
You may prepare your plans yourself or hire a professional to help you.