Food truck permit registration is now open through the city's "one-stop shop" for business permits and licenses (but not available online). There are 100 additional mobile food vendor permits available specifically for food trucks, thanks to legislation that passed last July allowing for more trucks and fewer operating restrictions. Applications are available at City Hall's one-stop shop office (1300 Perdido St., 504-658-7100; www.nola.gov/onestop).
New Orleans City Council Vice President Stacy Head kicked off food truck legislation discussions last year. The City Council reluctantly passed a heavily revised ordinance in April, only for it to be vetoed by Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Landrieu vetoed the measure for what he called potential "Equal Protection concerns," presumably because of the proximity requirements imposed on trucks near brick-and-mortar restaurants. The new ordinance lifts the proximity requirements and extends the time food trucks can operate. (The former law capped it at 45 minutes and prevented trucks from operating within 600 feet of restaurants and schools.) The new ordinance opens 100 permits, which are issued annually and expire at the end of the year. Renewal applications are due Jan. 31. The initial mobile vending application fee is $50 (nonrefundable), an approved permit is $400, an occupational license is $150, and a sales tax deposit is $50.
The ordinance also introduced "franchise" permits requiring additional fees and approval to operate trucks in fixed locations where trucks are prohibited, like the Central Business District and Faubourg Marigny. The franchise application fee is $175.