Food trucks are permitted to operate in New Westminster in certain locations provided they are licenced and adhere to the bylaw and guidelines.
In 2020 and in 2021, temporary measures were put in place related to the regulation of food trucks as a result of the pandemic. Changes are being contemplated by the City to update the Mobile Food Vending Bylaw (No. 7850, 2016) based on feedback from businesses, food truck operators, and residents since it was implemented in 2016.
The Bylaw and the temporary measures relate mostly to the regulation of food trucks who opt to take out an annual licence that allows them to vend on the street in designated areas, or what is referred to as “pop-up street vending”.
The City is seeing an increase in the popularity of food trucks for private and special events as people demonstrate a preference for outdoor gatherings, and ease for catering or offering food at events.
Responsibility for the regulation of food trucks can seem quite complicated. However, the easiest way to understand it is: the local health authority regulates the food service of the food truck, the local fire department regulates the safety of the food truck, and the local government regulates the business of the food truck.