Street Vendor Information

How to become a mobile food service (street) vendor.

There are four options to choose from:

1. Temporary Food Service

All temporary food vendors must have a permit to operate. Foods may be prepared and served in conjunction with gatherings or events such as fairs and festivals. Food items and methods of preparation may be restricted during these temporary events. All temporary food vendors must have a permit from the local health department prior to commencing operations. These permits are valid, if the establishment complies with regulations, for up to 14 days at one location. Click here for more information. Click here to apply and pay online. Click here for an application.

2. Pushcart

Food such as pre-cooked hot dogs and similar meats such as Italian sausage, bratwurst, and frankfurters, nacho chips and cheese and pre-packaged pre-cooked commercially prepared sandwiches may be sold from a pushcart that is either fixed or mobile. Hawaiian shaved ice and snow-cones that use commercially prepared pre-packaged flavor dispensers that are replaced when empty are also eligible for restricted push carts.  Click here for more information.

3. Mobile Food Unit

A mobile food unit is a food establishment on wheels or otherwise mobile. Permitted units pay one yearly fee and may operate statewide. Mobile units may not remain at one location longer than 14 consecutive days.  Click here for more information.

For more information regarding city requirements please click here.

4. Farmer’s Market

KY Department of Agriculture defines a farmers’ market as a prescribed location(s) where two or more producers (farmers) gather on set days and times to sell products that they grow or produce directly to consumers. Though the market may allow other types of sales, the sale of agriculture products grown or produced by the seller or their family should be the primary business of the market.  A market can register with KDA at any time during the year but, to be included in all listings and take full advantage of all opportunities, the market should register each year by May 15. Registration forms are mailed to the last known contact with each market at the beginning of the year along with other important information for the season ahead. If the market is new or there is a new contact, registration forms are available from Sharon Spencer (502) 564- 4983 or sharon.sp[email protected] or by going to and choosing “Farmers’ Markets” from the programs list.

Farmers’ Markets Vendors — Vendors at farmers markets are expected to comply with all applicable state and local health department food safety requirements. This will generally require that food vendors contact the local health department in each county where food products are offered to secure all pertinent registrations/certifications, permits, and, where required, inspections.

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