Food Trucks in Alexandria

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

Page updated on Aug 22, 2016 at 10:11 AM
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On December 12, 2015, after a two-year long pilot program, the Alexandria City Council adopted regulations that allow food truck vending in certain off-street locations, including private property, public property and farmer's markets, with the permission of the property owners. The off-street regulations provide an additional avenue to permit food truck vending on public and private off street property which can also be permitted through a Special Event Permit or a Special Use Permit. Additionally, City Council requested staff to research certain on-street locations that would also address the demand for the additional food choices provided by food trucks while minimizing the impact on city streets.  Staff is currently reviewing potential options which will be presented to the community for comment before Council considers them later this spring.


What's New

Food Truck Vending Signage Posted – June 15, 2016

Food Truck Vending Location Sign

On June 9 and 10, food truck vending signs were installed at the three approved on-street food truck vending locations.  Food truck vendors who have the necessary permits to operate in the City of Alexandria are welcome to begin vending at the designated locations. A permitted food truck may operate between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, for up to four continuous hours at a time.



Mobile Food Truck One-Stop Shop Permitting Day - May 26, 2016

The City of Alexandria invites all mobile food truck vendors to obtain their necessary inspections, licenses, and permits on a special one-stop shop permitting day on Thursday, May 26, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the City's Permit Center in City Hall, 301 King St, in Suite 4200, Vendors may park on the 100 block of N. Royal Street, next to Market Square.

On May 10, the Alexandria City Council voted to allow food truck vendors to operate in three designated, on-street locations on public property in addition to previously approved off-street locations. On-street food truck vending will begin within the next 30 days in the following areas:

  1. The 800 block of N. West Street, north of Madison Street, near the Braddock Road Metro (space for 2 food trucks)
  2. The 1700 block of King Street adjacent to King Street Gardens (space for 3 food trucks)
  3. The 2200 block of Eisenhower Avenue, near Mill Road (space for 3 food trucks)

To operate a food truck in the City of Alexandria, food truck vendors are required to obtain a Health Department Permit, inspections from both the Health Department and Fire Department, a City of Alexandria Business License, and a Mobile Food Truck Permit. (NOTE: Because the plans required for the Health Department Permit must be submitted in advance to expedite plan reviews required to obtain the permit, all plans must be submitted to the Health Department by close of business on Monday, May 23.).

Vendors who already have the necessary permits may begin vending in the designated locations as soon as the City posts signs, which will be within the next 30 days. 

City Council also 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 ($250) will still apply.

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City Council Amends Food Truck Ordinance to Include On-Street Vending in Designated Locations - May 10, 2016

On May 10, the Alexandria City Council voted unanimously to approve the Food Truck On-Street Vending Location Map allowing food truck vendors to operate in three designated, on-street locations on public property in addition to the off-street locations previously approved. On-street food truck vending in the following areas will begin within the next 30 days:

  • 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

Approved Vending Locations Map

A permitted food truck may operate between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., for up to four continuous hours at a time.

To operate a food truck in the City of Alexandria, a food truck vendor must first obtain an application for a Food Truck Vendor Permit on the City's website, at the City Permit Center, or at the Alexandria Health Department. The application process starts with a Health Department inspection and ends with the final permit being issued at the Alexandria Permit Center.  For those who already have a permit, vending may begin in the designated locations as soon as the City posts signs, which will be within the next 30 days. 


Traffic and Parking Board Public Hearing on Proposed On-Street Food Truck Locations – April 25, 2016

On Monday, April 25, the Traffic and Parking Board held a public hearing and considered the five (5) initial food truck locations proposed by City staff. The locations, identified by number, are shown on this map.

There were fourteen speakers at the public hearing.  All but one of them spoke in opposition to the two locations in North Old Town (#2 and #4), raising concerns about parking and congestion.  The Board considered the locations and the testimony received by the public, and based on the factors and minimum requirements, unanimously recommended that the three proposed locations at North West Street (#1), 2200 Eisenhower Avenue (#3) and King Street Gardens (#5) be approved by City Council.  

The Board recommended removing the two North Old Town locations due to traffic and parking concerns.  They noted that the Old Town North Small Area Planning process is underway and that may be a good avenue for determining locations in Old Town North where on-street food truck vending could be accommodated.  The Board also asked City staff to return in six months to report on how the on-street vending is progressing and the impact it has on the streets, parking and congestion.  


City Council Adopts Amendments to Food Truck Regulations to Allow Process for Designating On-Street Vending Locations - April 16, 2016

On Saturday, April 16, City Council adopted amendments to the Food Truck regulations to allow a process for designating on-street food truck vending locations.


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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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