The licenses and permits needed to open a food truck and the challenges faced in the process depend on location. If you plan to operate in more than one jurisdiction, you will likely need more than one set of licenses and permits.
You must look into regulations at the federal, state, county, and city or town levels. Although the specifics will vary, there are some standard places to start.
While figuring out the permitting puzzle might not be the most fulfilling part of opening a food truck, it is absolutely necessary to get right and worth dedicating ample time to completing.
You will not be able to operate, at least for very long, unless you address every law applicable to your business. As you conduct research, compile a list of questions you have, permits you need to apply for, and government agencies you need to contact in order to maintain organization and track progress.
Business & Taxes
Finding out which business and tax-related licenses you’ll need, and making sure you have all of the supporting documentation, can be quite complicated. Start with incorporation filing, or registering your food truck as a business with the Secretary of State’s Office.
The type of entity you decide to register your business as determines how you will pay your taxes, how much you will pay, and how much liability you will personally carry. The most common choice for a mobile food business is a Limited Liability Company, or LLC.
This option combines numerous positive aspects of partnerships and corporations, providing some protection over personal assets, offering options on how profits are distributed, and making registration and taxes easier to complete. Look into the full details regarding each type of entity and consult a lawyer to assist in choosing the best fit for your vision, business objectives, and personal goals.