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.

The policy includes 6 curbside locations near neighborhood parks, 6 curbside locations in 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, 1 day per week. Vending hours in commercial and university areas will extend into late night hours (similar to hours of operation for the existing food truck vendors).


Fees will be charged for most commercial spaces with discounted rates at the neighborhood parks. 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.

Public Information Meeting Notice

The Board of Public Works has called for a Public Information Meeting during their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, March 27, 2017, beginning at 4:45 p.m.  A presentation will be provided regarding proposed revisions to the Street Vending Policy, including additional vending locations and changes to the fee schedule.  All are invited to attend.  Comments and questions can be sent to Kathy Servoss prior to the meeting on March 27, 2017.

2017 Documents:

Proposed Street Vending Policy
Proposed Vending Locations