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Mobile Food Vendors in City Parks

  • Tuesday, October 20, 2020 4:27 PM
    Message # 9316051

    Does your city allow for mobile food vending in city parks? 

    If so, what is the permitting/selection process?

    In Lake Havasu City we are looking to add some dedicate mobile food vending spots to our lake front parks and I am looking at creating a selection process if we have more vendors than we have spots.  Any agency that has already gone through this process your expertise would be greatly valued.

    Thank you


  • Wednesday, October 21, 2020 9:20 AM
    Reply # 9317324 on 9316051

    Mike - I have experience with this a couple ways...

    I organized our food truck event at Davis Camp in 2016 and 2017, attached our application for your reference. We required a permit and small fee for the event, in addition to the Health Department's permit and a COI for liability. Everything was first-come; first served on the vendor's side. In the event of multiple vendors serving the same type of food- I didn't exclude any vendors in the selection process, but I did make subsequent vendors aware that there would be competition so they could determine whether or not they wanted to attend.  

    For a more permanent vendor solution, the County offers an annual vendor pass, for $500 annually a vendor can come into our regional parks and serve the public (in addition to health permits, and COI). The fees are small relative to other areas of the state, as we found this to be what the market will support. We also see this as a value adding service to our visitors, which increases revenue at the gate. 

    With regard to Health Department, the County has two avenue for permitting the food vendors: mobile vending license/permit; or event-based vending permit. 

    If you have any other questions, I am happy to help. 


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