Food Trucks in Alexandria

Information about Alexandria's Food Truck Program, including regulations and resources for food truck operators and residents.

Page updated on Sep 2, 2016 at 2:57 PM
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The City of Alexandria has adopted regulations that allow food truck vending in designated on- and off-street locations, designated parks and recreation centers, authorized farmers' markets, and on private or multi-family properties, with permission from the property owner.  To operate a food truck in Alexandria, a vendor must obtain a Mobile Food Truck Vendor Permit. 

Vendors who already have permits may begin vending in the designated locations.  A list of permitted vendors can be found here.

Food Truck Vending Locations
Food truck vending is allowed in Alexandria at the following locations.

  • Three designated on-street locations (Map [PDF])
    • The 800 block of N. West Street, north of Madison Street, near the Braddock Road Metro (space for 2 food trucks)
    • The 1700 block of King Street adjacent to King Street Gardens (space for 3 food trucks)
    • The 2200 block of Eisenhower Avenue, near Mill Road (space for 3 food trucks)
  • Designated parks and recreation centers (Map [PDF]
  • As part of an authorized farmers' market
  • On private commercial or multi-family properties, with permission from the property owner

A permitted food truck may operate at the above locations between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday for up to four continuous hours at a time. 

Food trucks are to use these locations on a first-come, first-served basis.  At this time, no on-street vending locations have been assigned to any specific vendor.

Permits and Fees
Application and Permits
To operate a food truck in the City of Alexandria, a vendor must obtain a Mobile Food Truck Permit. The application process starts with a Health Department inspection and ends with the final permit being issued at the Alexandria Permit Center.  

City Council has voted to waive the $250 Mobile Food Truck Vendor Fee for the 2016 permit year. Additional pertinent fees, such as the Food Truck Application fee ($100), Health Department Permit fee ($290), Fire Prevention Permit fee ($186.19), and the Business License fee ($250) will still apply. 


Vending Information

Contact Us

Report a Food Truck Policy violation with Call.Click.Connect.  

If you have a complaint: 

  • During business hours, call Planning and Zoning at 703.746.4666.
  • After hours and weekends, call the Police non-emergency number at 703.746.4444.

If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact:

  • Alex Dambach - Division Chief for Land Use Services, Planning & Zoning, 703.746.3829

If you want to receive the latest information about the foodtruck program via email:

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