Forms, Instructions & Requirements

Quick List:



Plan Review Checklist and Supplemental Information Sheet (PDF file)
Plan Application Form for Mobile Food Unit Permit (PDF file)


Mail or drop off:
Lynn Hannon
Louisville Metro Public Health & Wellness
444 S. 5th Street
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 574-6769

  • $120 annually
  • Issued for the period of January 1 – December 31, not prorated
  • Valid state-wide.
  • Master Plumber Inspections and Certifications are required.
  • Authorizing Agency: Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness
  • Plan Review Checklist and Supplemental Information Sheet for Mobile Food Units (PDF)
  • Mobile Food Units (Food Trucks) should complete the Plan Application Form. This is a state-issued form and it is used for multiple types of food establishments, including buildings. Note that Mobile Food Unit Vendors are not required to fill out sections relevant to buildings.
  • Mobile Food Unit (Food Truck) Plan Applications must include four (4) complete sets of plans. This is not clearly communicated on the Plan Application form. The sets are distributed to the Environmental Health Food Hygiene Plan Reviewer, to the Commonwealth of Kentucky Division of Plumbing, to Louisville Metro Archives and to the Environmental Health Food Inspector performing the final inspection.

A complete set will contain:

Vendor I.D (PDF download)


Mail or drop off:
Metro Department of Codes and Regulations
444 South 5th Street
Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 574-5245
  • $50 annually, per employee in charge
  • Must include a completed, statewide criminal history from all states of residence within the past 10 years.
  • Issued for the period of April – March 31; not pro-rated.
  • Valid within Jefferson County, KY.

Vendor Permit Application Requirements (PDF download)

Mail or drop off:
Metro Department of Codes and Regulations
444 South 5th Street
Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 574-5245

  • $200 annually, issued for the period April 1 – March 31; not pro-rated.
  • Valid within Jefferson County, KY.
  • Each vehicle to be used must be licensed separately.
  • Licenses must be obtained for locations on both public and private property.
  • Additional permits are required for vending in Metro Parks and within Waterfront Park.
  • Licenses and permits are not transferable.
  • All licenses and permits under this chapter expire at midnight on March 31st of each year.

Completed applications to vend must be filed with the Department of Codes and Regulations. This application must include or be accompanied with the following:

  1. Proof of registration with the Louisville Metro Revenue Commission
  2. Proof of registration with the Kentucky State Revenue Commission
  3. Proof of registration with the Kentucky Secretary of State
  4. Proof of registration with the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office
  5. Proof of permit from the Louisville Metro Health and Wellness Department
  6. Photographs and dimensions of cart, trailer, vehicle, etc. to be used
  7. A statewide criminal history from any state resided in for the past 10 years
  8. A driving record from any state resided in for the past 5 years
  9. A written statement of authorization from the property owner(s) of intended location(s); if private property, the actual owner, if public property, Public Works
  10. Proof of insurance
  11. A valid government issued identification or operator’s license
  12. The vehicle registration number, description and identification
    number for any vehicle to be used
  13. All application fees must be paid at the time of filing the application.


Louisville Metro Parks Vending Permit Application (PDF download)

Mail or drop off:
Louisville Metro Parks
Administration Building
1297 Trevilian Way
Louisville, KY 40213
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(502) 456-8100


 

Waterfront Park Vending Requests

Mail or drop off proposal letter to:
Waterfront Development Corporation
129 East River Road
Louisville, KY 40206
(502) 574-3768

  • The Waterfront Park vending season is from May 1 through November 15.
  • Specific vending locations in the park are chosen by the Waterfront Development Corporation.
  • Vendor proposals will typically be reviewed in fall or winter. Those chosen will accept a license agreement that will define the vendor’s location, operating hours, menu, payment for vending license (which is 10 percent of gross), and require a cell phone.
  • Health Department and Metro permits are also required.
  • Proposal letter must include the following:
    • Vending Station: Provide a picture of your cart, trailer, or other type of set-up, including signage.
    • Operating Hours: Indicate the weekday hours and weekend hours you will be open for business in Waterfront Park.
    • Menu: Provide a typical list of foods you will sell and the cost you will charge.