Vehicle Based Food Business

Step 1. What type of Vehicle Based Food Vendor are you?

Vending on Private Property or Parked Temporarily

Temporary Event Vendor (Business Grand Openings, Launch Parties, Farmer's Market, Water Follies, 4th of July)

  • Request that your event organizer list you as a participating business on their special event permit. If the organizer has not filled out a special event permit application, please refer them to this link.
  • Proceed to Step Three

Vehicle Based Food Business (VBFB) Short Term Location (Operates daily/weekly at various locations, less than one hour at a time)

Vehicle Based Food Business (VBFB) Long Term Location (Operates daily/weekly at one location in Kennewick, more than one hour at a time)

Vending at a City Park or Facility

Special Event Vendor (City Park or Facility)

  • Request that your event organizer list you as a participating business on their special event permit. If the organizer has not filled out a special event permit application, please refer them to this link.
  • Proceed to Step Three

Vehicle Based Food Business (VBFB) desiring to locate at a City Park or Facility

Step 2. What type of site are you locating at?

Pre-Approved Site for VBFB (Property Owner has submitted and received approval for a VBFB pad site - recommended)

New Site needing approval for a VBFB pad site

**Staff recommends the Property Owner apply for this Permit**

The following items are required for your site plan submittal:

  • Download a parcel map to detail the location of your VBFB
    • Location of food truck in relation to other structures and land uses on site
    • Location of outdoor seating, number of seats, and layout
    • Location of existing parking stalls
  • Copy of Restroom Agreement
  • Copy of Discharge Plan (for fats/oils/grease) or agreement with an off-site disposal location
  • Department of Labor and Industries Approval (as required)
  • Landscape and topography/grading plans are NOT required for a VBFB pad site
  • Lighting Plans are only required if new lighting will be installed on-site
  • Additional details may be found in the City's Municipal Code.

Step 3. Obtain a Business License

Submit your Business License Application Online

Please note: If you're participating in a permitted temporary event, the event organizer may pay for a $15 temporary business license, and a permanent license is not required. If you anticipate participating in three or more events annually, we recommend you get a permanent business license to save on temporary license fees.

After your temporary or permanent business license application is received Customer Service will contact you:

If no site plan was required in previous steps, you may still need to submit:

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  1. Business Licensing


    Physical Address
    210 W. 6th Avenue
    Kennewick, WA 99336

    Phone: 509-585-4268