Mobile Food Vendors
Applications for the summer 2013/14 period are now closed. To view a list of Mobile Food Vendors in Adelaide click here.
To apply for a Mobile Food Vending Permit, see:
A maximum of 40 permits will be issued from 1 August 2013.
It is important to note that a mobile food vending permit is not needed to trade as part of an event (e.g. Fork on the Road, markets, food and wine festivals).
The permit is for on-street trading at times outside of events.
Winter Permits – valid 1 April to 30 September
Renewal for existing permit holders: 15 January - 31 January
New applications: 1 February - 28 February
Summer Permits – valid 1 October to 31 March (note: the 2013/14 Summer Permits are extended – valid 1 August 2013 to 31 March 2014)
Renewal for existing permit holders: 15 July - 31 July
New applications: 1 August - 31 August
Active permit holders will have the opportunity to renew their permit every six months, a maximum of twice before being required to re-apply in general applications.
Permit fees are pending endorsement as part of the Council’s fees and charges schedule in June 2013.
There are 2 types of permits.
Can trade on any day throughout the 6 month permit period. (minimum 30 vendors)
Summer period: $1000 + GST
Winter period: $666 + GST
10 Day Permit:
Can trade for any 10 days within the 6 month period.
If a vendor uses their first 10 days they can purchase another 10 day permit. (maximum 10 vendors)
1st 10 day permit - $500 + GST
2nd 10 day permit - $350 + GST
3rd becomes open permit - $150 + GST
1st 10 day permit - $333 + GST
2nd 10 day permit - $233 + GST
3rd becomes open permit - $100 + GST
Mobile Food Vendors are popping up in various locations around Adelaide adding vibrancy to the City. The project allows mobile carts, trucks and vans offering food and drinks to set up in temporary locations to cater to city residents, workers and visitors.
Take your pick from a delicious variety of mobile food ranging from gourmet cuisine and nutritious juices to your daily shot of coffee.
The mobile food vending pilot program was launched in 2011 as part of Splash Adelaide.
Splash Adelaide is an initiative of Adelaide City Council and supported by the South Australian Government. The program aims to increase the vibrancy of Adelaide by supporting the community and businesses to trial initiatives, activities and events.
52 trial permits were provided as part of the pilot program and applications closed in October 2012. Following the success of this program, Adelaide City Council has developed guidelines for the continuation of mobile food vending beyond the pilot. These guidelines were developed in consultation with mobile food vendors, local businesses and the general public and were endorsed by Council on 14 May 2013.
The results of the public consultation are available to view on the Your Say Adelaide website here.
For a list of Mobile Food Vendors currently trading as part of the pilot program, see the Splash Adelaide website here.
When the new guidelines and permits come into effect on 1 August 2013, mobile food vending will no longer sit under Splash Adelaide. The pilot will end on 31 July 2013.
What are the selection criteria?
Successful applicants will be chosen by a selection panel. The panel will be looking to select 40 vendors with a variety of:
• Product offering
• Times and days of trade
• Frequency of trading
In addition to this, preference will be given to:
• renewing vendors who utilise their permit regularly.
• applicants offering an unique experience or product to customers.
• applicants presenting a well-designed, creative, artistic setup.
• applicants using sustainable packaging and processes, including the use of South Australian produce where possible.
• innovative start-up businesses.
Do I need the permit to trade as part of an event?
No. Trading as part of an event can be coordinated directly with event organisers without the need for a mobile food vending permit.
Where can mobile food vendors trade?
Mobile food vending is permitted in those streets and footpaths where there is adequate footpath space to accommodate it, while not compromising pedestrian access, safety or other street activities.
There are specific guidelines outlining where vendors can trade. These can be found in the guidelines on page 4-6.
Does Adelaide City Council reserve spaces for vendors?
No, Council does not reserve locations for mobile food vendors or coordinate locations for vendors.
Do vendors have to tell Council where they operate?
Yes, a mobile app will be developed for Mobile Food Vending.
Vendors will be required to check-in on the mobile app to show where and when they are trading. If a vendor does not have access to a smart phone, they must notify Council of their locations by other means prior to operating.
Where can I park my towing vehicle?
Parking for towing vehicles may be permitted for a fee upon application in a legitimate parking space that is for 1 hour or more. The permit for towing vehicles must be clearly displayed and is valid only whilst the vendor is operating (including set up and pack down).
What health guidelines do vendors have to follow?
Permit holders are required to comply with all health and food safety aspects of their entire operation as contained in the Food Act 2001 and Food Safety Standards.
As part of the application process, mobile food vendors must include Proof of Notification of a food business from the local Council where the majority of food preparation and food handling occurs.
The Adelaide City Council Environmental Health Services Team conducts regular and random inspections.
What happens if vendors don’t comply with the guidelines?
Council may conduct unannounced inspections of vendors to determine compliance with the conditions of permit, Local Government Act, the Food Act 2001 and Food Safety Standards.
A Mobile Food Vending Permit may be cancelled or amended if the permit holder fails to comply with the permit conditions outlined in the guidelines.
Can vendors automatically renew their permits?
Permit holders will have the opportunity to renew their permit every six months, a maximum of twice before being required to reapply in general applications.
If I don’t get a mobile food vending permit are there any other opportunities?
Yes. The mobile food vending permit is not required for you to trade as part of an event.
Trading can still occur as a temporary food stall at events or markets as arranged directly with the event or market organisers.
Adelaide City Council is looking into creating a database of vendors to provide to people seeking mobile food vendors for catering. Mobile Food Vending applicants will be contacted if this goes ahead.
For further details please read the guidelines and application information.
Please contact the Customer Centre with enquiries:
(08) 8203 7203