Our members have already been where you are now and know how to get from idea, through buildout and onto the streets. Owning a food truck isn't complicated, but it does take a LOT of attention to detail to get through the building, permitting and licensing process. We've included what you need to know here.
1. Find a truck. Most food trucks are self-funded, but some people have been successful with crowd funding sites like Kickstarter. Craigslist is a good place to start looking for a truck/trailer. To search several nearby cities at one time from multiple listings, try SearchTempest.
2. Submit your proposed menu to the Louisville Metro Health Department. Use this form.
3. The LMHD will then inform you whether or not you will be required to use a Commissary Kitchen to prep your food. Use this form.
4. Build your truck, making sure to use a Master Plumber. Names can be found here.
5. Follow this checklist to get your LMHD Permit,
6. and your LouisvilleMetro Vendor's License,
7. and your LouisvilleMetro Vendor ID.
Are you in Indiana? Things are different across the river.
1. Find a truck. See above.
2. You'll need to take an approved Food Handlers Course. Choose from these. Your KY Food Handlers class and permit are NOT transferable.
3. Indiana licenses food trucks by county (not state wide.) Make an appointment with the county Health Department and take your truck for an inspection. Remember to take your food handlers certificate with you. Also take your Commissary Kitchen Permit if you are required to have one. Floyd County and Clark County are both in southern Indiana.