A Food Cart is described as a Vehicle from which food stuffs and/or refreshments are sold or offered for sale for human consumption, primarily operating from a single location for more than a month.

A Mobile Food Cart is described as any Vehicle from which foodstuffs and/or refreshments are sold or offered for sale for consumption by the public from multiple locations in any given month.

Application Requirements:

  • Zoning approval from the Chatham-Kent Building Department

  • Health Inspection completed by the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit

  • A copy of the Master Business Licence (via Service Ontario)

Licence Requirements:

  • No Food Cart or Mobile Food Cart shall operate within three hundred feet (300') of the customers entrance to a Restaurant or the customers entrance to a place where foodstuffs are offered for sale, if the Food Cart or Mobile Food Cart offers for sale similar food products as does the Restaurant or place where foodstuffs are offered for sale

  • No Food Cart or Mobile Food Cart shall operate within twenty feet (20') of the entrance to any building or within twenty feet (20') of a bus stop area

  • No Food Cart or Mobile Food Cart shall operate on the property of the Municipality unless a vending zone permit is obtained from the Municipality to operate at such location

Additional Licence Requirements for Food Carts

  • A Food Cart shall only operate on Private Property if written permission is provided by the owner of the property where the Food Cart will be operated and proof of permission is provided to the Licensing Department

  • A site plan must be provided to the Licensing Department depicting the exact location of the Food Cart on the property

Additional Licence Requirements for Mobile Food Carts

  • A Mobile Food Cart shall only operate on Private Property if written permission is provided by each of the owners of the properties where the Mobile Food Cart will be operated, and proof of permission is provided to the Licensing Department

  • A site plan must be provided to the Licensing Department depicting the exact location of the Mobile Food Cart on each of the properties it will be located on

  • Must provide the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and the Ontario Licence plate number for each licensed vehicle, and automobile insurance in an amount not less than $1 million per occurrence

Licence Details:

  • Licence Type: Food Cart

  • Annual Fee: $536

  • Expiry Date: May 31st annually


  • Licence Type: Mobile Food Cart 

  • Annual Fee: $758

  • Expiry Date: May 31st annually

Licence issuance is subject to inspection approvals and completed application requirements. 

For further requirement details, please refer to the Consolidated Business Licensing Bylaw available in the downloads section.