Food Truck Ordinance & Permits

Food Truck Requests:

Food trucks are not allowed on public property in the city limits without a special event permit submitted and approved in advance. This includes city streets, city parking lots, city parking spaces, city parks, etc. (Food Truck Policy pdf)

  • Merchants may submit a special event permit request for food trucks to be located on public property adjacent to their business or private property including:
    • specific parking spaces (in front of or adjacent to a downtown merchant) or
    • limited street closure for adjacent property (only available on East Water, East Church, or East Sycamore; not available on Main Street or side streets. Other city streets may be approved for closure based on staff review).
  • Only one event per merchant per month, unless approved by staff review due to extenuating circumstances.
  • One lane of any street closure approved must remain open for emergency access.
  • Merchants must provide event liability insurance or name the City of Lincolnton as an insured entity per the requirements of the special event request.
  • Applicable fees per the current fee schedule must be paid for cones, barricades, & street closures before a permit is approved.