Food Truck FAQs
What exactly is Calgary Food Trucks?
We’re all about the Calgary food truck scene. Our goal is to promote a vibrant and sustainable food truck culture in this city by listing all the local trucks, food truck locations and keeping everyone informed of the latest food truck news and events. In addition to this web site we also have an Android and iPhone app and are active on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
How does a truck get listed on this site?
If you own a truck and aren’t already listed, please contact us and we’ll make arrangements to have you added as soon as possible.
Are their parking limitations?
Food trucks with a valid permit are not allowed to park:
- On prohibited streets or private property without consent
- Within 100m of a school
- Within 25m of a restaurant
- In the same spot for more then 5 consecutive hours
- On the same block as two other food trucks
Is there a maximum length or configuration restriction on food trucks?
Yes, in Calgary according to the bylaw your truck cannot exceed 10m in length. Along with the length restrictions your truck cannot be configured to allow customers to customers to order or eat within the confines of the truck.
I’m thinking of starting my own food truck. Are there restrictions on what type of food I can sell?
Alberta Health Services must approve food and menu before operating.
What sort of licenses and permits do I need?
Before starting the operation of a food truck the operator must hold:
- A valid food handling permit issued by Alberta Health Services
- Truck must comply with standards set by Alberta Health Services and the fire department
- Business license
- A Vending Permit
What sort of insurance do I need?
Food trucks are required to obtain a public liability insurance policy with a minimum inclusive limit of $2,000,000.
What are food truck operating hours?
Trucks are allowed to operate between 7:00am – 3:00am.
Approximately how much does retrofitting a food truck cost?
Trucks can be retrofitted for anywhere between $30,000-$50,000 before appliances which will be additional.
What kind of generators should be used for food trucks?
As the generators will need to be used for extended periods of time, food truck vendors recommend Onan or Generac generators as they are silent (very important), high watt generators that are equipped to run continuously.
What other tips do you have for me?
- Don’t get into the industry looking for a cheap, used Purolator truck. Instead, look for something that’s between $15k-20k, or else you’ll be spending more time and money repairing it than operating on the streets.
- Anticipate paying 15%-20% of sales to event organizers in fees.
- Consider diesel trucks vs. gas trucks when purchasing. Diesel trucks are more expensive up front but will typically last longer and use less fuel.