Food Truck Permits

Permits to host food trucks on your property

Food truck operators:

Mobile Food Establishments (MFEs) must have current inspection stickers from the Fire Marshall and the Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) to operate anywhere in Round Rock. MFEs may be stationary only if the site has a food truck hosting permit (below), otherwise the MFE must keep moving when not actively serving customers. If you are an MFE operator looking for locations that have active MFE site permits, please call the PDS front desk at 512-218-5428.

Food truck hosting sites:

MFE permits are issued to the owner or manager of the hosting site, and only where the site’s characteristics make MFEs a suitable accessory use. There are two (2) types of permits:

Type 1 – Long-term Accessory Use

Long-term permits are issued for one (1) calendar year (January – December). The site must meet the following requirements:

  • Restaurant or bar on a lot zoned MU-1, or zoned PUD that is adjacent to lots zoned MU-1 or MU-2
  • Pedestrian promenade in a multi-tenant center that is not visible from the public right-of-way
  • Small-scale alcohol production facility
  • Event center
  • Municipal park and recreation facility (permission required from the department operating the facility)
  • Higher education facility, corporate office campus, or business/industrial park

Fee : $150 per year

Type 2 – Short-term Accessory Use

Short-term Permits are issued to the property owner of the site where a mobile food vendor is to be located. A new permit will be required for each event. Only 4 permits per calendar year are allowed, with each event permit issued for a maximum of 3 consecutive days. The site must meet the following requirements:

  • Commercially zoned property or property located within an employment or industrial zoning district, with an operational business.
  • School
  • Small-scale alcohol production facility
  • Event center
  • Place of worship
  • Municipal park and recreation facility (permission required from the department operating the facility)
  • Community/government service facility

Fee: $25 per event.

MFE hosting permit applications

Please complete the MFE permit application including the General Information section, check the relevant boxes under either Type 1 or Type 2, attach the required documents and return to the Planning and Development Services Department, located at 301 W. Bagdad Ave, Suite 210, Round Rock, TX 78664 with the associated fee. See the Code of Ordinances Part III Section 2-93 (c): Mobile Food Establishments for more details.

Owners/managers of sites with MFE permits are responsible for ensuring that any MFEs they host have current inspections from the Fire Marshall and the WCCHD.