Mobile / Street Vendor Outside Ithaca Commons

Mobile / Street Vending for Areas Outside Ithaca Commons

The Board of Public Works approved the Street Vending (Food Truck) Policy on January 27, 2014, and revised it on September 14, 2015, and again on March 27, 2017.

The policy includes multiple curbside locations near neighborhood parks, commercial and university neighborhoods, and multiple locations in Stewart and Cass Parks. Vending hours at neighborhood parks will generally be limited to lunch and dinner hours. Vending hours in commercial and university areas will extend into late night hours (similar to hours of operation for the existing food truck vendors).


Base fees are charged per square footage according to market rates. Additional fees are based on desired vending locations.  Rules and procedures for site assignment and vendor obligations include, but are not limited to, certification by the Tompkins County Health Department, Fire Department inspection of fuel supplies, insurance and workers compensation coverage protecting the city and employees, and background checks for operations in or near parks.

This policy is not intended to address special events, vending on private property or vending of products other than food.

 Please see the following documents for further information:
Questions can be directed to Kathy Servoss, Executive Assistant, or call 607-274-6527.

To apply for vending on the Ithaca Commons, please see our Commons page.