Various non-essential licenses exist. Depending on how you envision your operation, you might want to look into obtaining ones like a music license, a liquor license, or a signage permit.
If you will be playing copyright protected music loud enough for customers or the public to hear, you are technically required to have a license from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), even if you have purchased the music.
While some food trucks do go through the steps to get liquor licenses, doing so comes with a lot of complications. Liquor, wine, and beer ordered at a food service business must be consumed there.
This means a food truck serving alcohol must have an enclosed area in which customers can enjoy their drinks. Unless your food truck is going to operate from the same, privately owned location regularly, serving alcohol won’t be logistically plausible.
Signage Permits are required for businesses displaying written information on a sign outside of their business. However, if the only visible information on your food truck is its wrap, this may not be necessary.
Check local zoning laws to find out what type of signs are allowed in your area and whether this applies to the exterior of your truck.
In cities where acquiring a local permit is more difficult, it pays off to think creatively.
In New York City, where it is near impossible to get a permit, some food truck owners have thought outside of the box to find loopholes.
For example, mobile food businesses operating in Central Park only need a permit from the Parks Department, not the city, to sell food to passersby.