You'll need commercial general liability insurance for $1,000,000 and a public liability and property damage motor vehicle policy for $1,000,000. We'll ask you to upload a copy of the certificate of insurance in the online application. If you don't have a copy, you can have your insurance agent send the certificate. Make sure to list the City of Grand Rapids on the policy as an additional insured, and also have them add the comment, "The City of Grand Rapids is additional insured".
local Health Department
You'll need to have a food permit from the Health Department in the County in which you reside before applying for your City license. Contact your local Health Department (Kent County Health Department if you live in the City of Grand Rapids) for more info on how to apply. They'll review your unit and menu, and sign off with the State of Michigan for you to get a State license for your records and an accompanying sticker for your truck.
We'll ask you to attach a copies of both the State license and sticker to your application.
You'll also need to complete a fire inspection with the Grand Rapids Fire Department before applying for your City license. Contact Lieutenant Jason Kelley to schedule an inspection. You can reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can give him a call: his primary phone number is 616-456-3900. If you can't reach him at that number, try 616-456-3115.
We'll ask you to attach a copy of your proof of inspection to your application.
Have questions? Give us a call at the number listed in the Contact Us section of this page. There are many things that you need to do to apply for the license. We recommend reviewing the Mobile Food Vending Truck Checklist(PDF, 187KB) for more details.
There is a $302 license application fee for the first truck/vehicle/structure. There is an $18 fee for each additional truck/vehicle/structure you need to license. Application fees are non-refundable.
Special Event License
The fee for a special event food vending license is $232. There is a $36 fee for each additional event at which you will be operating in the City of Grand Rapids. Application fees are non-refundable.
We use a third party system called Citizen Access for business license applications. If this is your first time using this system, it's a good idea to learn How to Create a Citizen Access Account.
Your application might take some time. That's why we recommend that you gather all the required information first.
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It takes us 5-10 business days to process applications. Keep in mind that it may take longer to process your application if we find that you need to make changes. We'll call or email you to let you know that your license and vehicle decals are ready. You can either pick them up from the office or we'll mail it to you. Your license is valid through the season.
Make sure to keep a copy of your license in each licensed vehicle. Your decals should be prominently displayed on each vehicle.
Your license is valid for one year from when it is issued. Make sure to note your expiration date before renewing your license.