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Street Food Vendor Program

There is an opportunity to operate a mobile trailer for the purposes of offering seasonal food in our community under some criteria we term - street food vendor requirements.  
Street Food Vendors can exist on both commercial and municipal property.  However, there are specific requirements for both and neither can occur without municipal consultation, approval, and authorization.  If you are interested in operating a mobile food service in our community please do contact our Economic Development Officer.
Note: A vacant parcel of property will not qualify for a food truck as a food truck is deemed an accessory use to an existing commercial business. No food truck is permitted in a residential zone.  
In preparation for your consideration of a site location, the following items will need to be provided:
  • Letter of approval from the property owner. (applies to any commercial locations)
  • A sketch (site plan) of the property with distance measurements for the placement of the trailer on the property and proximity to the utility connections. The site plan must note all supporting operational elements and structures, including seating arrangements for clients. Parking for the food truck must be also shown in the plan.  You can't take away any necessary parking for the existing business so there must be sufficient parking for both businesses to operate.  NOTE: there is a 3 metre distance from a commercial adjacent lot line and other structures.  From this site plan, municipal staff will evaluate if the site is compliant and can have a food truck based on the necessary provisions.   
  • The food trailer/truck must be inspected by the local health unit RCDHU.   Renfrew County and District Health Unit website information on food premise inspections. You can also call 613-732-3629 extension 505 with any questions about food premise inspections.  Here also is a Fact Sheet and checklist with information on Opening a Food Premise. 
  • The municipality will require a 2M minimum liability insurance certificate 
  • The municipality will require proof of vehicle ownership 
  • Food trailer/truck must be inspected by our local Fire Department.  Here is what our Fire Department will be looking for:
  • Units with propane will require TSSA certification
  • Electrical hooks up and installations are to be inspected by Ontario Hydro
  • Fryers will be equipped with fire damper covers
  • Fryers will be equipped with exhaust hoods with operational fans
  • Clean Ductworks
  • Exterior Cylinder connection points
  • Fire Extinguishers, annually inspected. A 5lbs ABC type Fire Extinguisher and any vehicles with fryers an additional Class K Wet chemical or dry chemical portable.  
  • The town of Petawawa reserves the right to enter and inspect refreshment vehicles

This list is not exhaustive of what may be required but will give an overview of requirements.