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Other stuff you need to know


​Generators must be either permanently or semi-permanently mounted to your truck or trailer.  A generator, propane tanks, gas cans and any other fuel source may never be placed on the ground or pavement.

Generators must prove - using the manufacturer's specifications -  that they run at 70 dB or less.


Where can I park?


Your food truck Vending License from LouisvilleMetro gives you permission to park for at a parking meter from 7a - 2p, or other legal parking space within Louisville Metro with the exception of diagonally striped parking spaces.  You may not park in those.  You can purchase a bagged meter for a fee.


To park in apartment communities or office complexes, you must be invited by the property owner or manager. 


You are never permitted to roam in neighborhoods.

Are you an aspiring food truck owner?


We'd like to help you get started.


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 if you're in Jefferson County or to your county Health Department if not Jefferson.  

3.  The HD will then inform you whether or not you will be required to use a Commissary Kitchen to prep your food. 

4.  Build your truck, making sure to use a Master Plumber.  Names can be found here.  

5.  Take your truck/trailer to the HD for an inspection and get your Permit.  Your Permit allows you to legally make food.

6.  Follow this checklist to get your LMHD Permit,

7.  and your LouisvilleMetro Vendor's License,

8.  and your LouisvilleMetro Vendor ID.  Your Vending License and ID allow you to legally sell food in Jefferson County.

Note: To work in Jefferson County you need a Health Department Permit, a Vending License and a Vendor's 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. 


Need liability insurance?  Check Flip or Insure my Food.  (We take no responsibility for our recommendations, other than to say that a lot of food truck owners use them.)