The City of Wilmington passed legislation in the fall of 2015 to establish a pilot Mobile Food Truck program. The pilot program establishes a number of permanent parking spots on city streets, where food trucks will be able to reserve a parking spot and conduct their business.
The Commissioner of the Department of Public Works has established four food truck locations, all in the downtown district of the city. Signage has been installed to inform all drivers of the restrictions on these parking spots. Three of the locations will be available for reservation during the day from 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., and one location will be available in the evening from 6:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
- 400 block of Delaware Avenue, northern side of street (directly next to H.B. Dupont Plaza)
- 500 block of Market Street, eastern side of street (just south of intersection of 6th Street & Market Street)
- 100 block of French Street, eastern side of street
- 500 block of Market Street, eastern side of street (just south of intersection of 6th Street & Market Street).
How can I sign up for the Food Truck Pilot Program?
The City of Wilmington has strived to make entering the pilot program as straightforward and simple as possible. Before a truck can reserve a spot, they must first receive a Mobile Food Service Establishment License from the City’s Department of Licenses and Inspections. There is no cost for this license. The application for the license, which is available below, requires only basic information/documentation that most food trucks should already have, i.e. business licenses, health inspections, fire marshal’s inspection. The complete list of requirements can be found on the first page of the application.
The City’s Departments of Finance and Fire are ready to handle any requests from food trucks for a City Business License and/or a fire inspection. For more information, please contact the Finance Department at (302) 576-2400 or the Fire Marshal’s Office at (302) 576-3120.
Once your application is completed and the required documents are submitted and reviewed, the Department of Licenses and Inspections will issue the truck owner a license.
Reserve a Spot
Once I get my mobile food service license, how will I be able to reserve a spot?
The City has partnered with LotMom.com to handle the day-to-day scheduling and reservations of the available food truck parking spots. A licensed truck will simply need to create an account on LotMom.com, and then select the desired spots and date(s) to make a reservation.
Rather that charging an annual fee, the City will only charge a participating truck a daily use fee of $22 for the day(s) that a truck signs up for a spot, along with a small LotMom transactional fee. Once a spot has been reserved, LotMom will provide the participating truck with a printable notice that the truck can display in its window on the date of reservation.
Who can I call with any questions I might have about the application or the pilot food truck program?
If you have any questions about the mobile food service application, or more general questions about the pilot food truck program, please contact the Department of L&I at (302) 576-3030 or the Mayor’s Office at (302) 576-2112.