The Town of Chapel Hill will begin accepting applications on Thursday, March 1, for food trucks operating on private property in commercial districts.
When the Town Council adopted on Jan. 30 regulations to amend the Town Code and Land Use Management Ordinance to allow food trucks, it was responding to a community interest to offer more food choices while also protecting the viability of existing restaurants. The council requested that the town staff report back in one year so that it may evaluate the community response to food trucks in Chapel Hill.
The rules governing food trucks are designed to prevent unfair competition to restaurants, nuisances and safety hazards. Food truck vending is generally limited to commercially zoned, privately owned properties that can accommodate additional foot traffic. There are restrictions on food truck on-site locations and on hours of operation.
The permitting process will require several permits, including applications from the food truck vendor and the property owner and business licenses, as well as documentation from the originating county's health department showing that approval has been given. The Town of Chapel Hill's annual fee for the food truck vendor is $718 while the annual fee for the property owner is $118. In addition, the food truck vendor must have a business license to operate in Chapel Hill.
To apply for the associated permits to operate a food truck in Chapel Hill, visit the permit center on the third floor of Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., or call (919) 968-5066. Staff will help determine which permits an operator at a proposed location will need. For additional information posted online—including a Frequently Asked Questions web page—visit