Food Truck Start-Up Guide

Comprehensive information on Food Truck regulations – including where trucks may operate-  can be found in Chapter 29, Article 11/111 of Frederick City Code. 


General Overview:

Under standard vendor/peddler rules, you cannot operate in the Historic District or any non-residential zoned areas (except for the Carroll Creek Linear Park) – with an exception of the new ‘Primary Site User’ amendment made to now allow operation on the property of consenting, permit-holding breweries & distilleries.   

Linked is a general reference map that helps visualize where the permitted areas are. Those areas marked by a star on this map are examples of additional opportunities (breweries/distillers) potentially available by “Primary Site User Permit.” Please note that this map was created 8/16/17 and is subject to change. 

A few basic rules of note with the standard Vendor permit:

  • With the exception of City-sanctioned events, hours of operation allowed will be 10 a.m. to dusk. When located at a Primary Site User’s property, mobile food vendors may only operate during the hours of operation of the Primary Site User.

  • In residential zoned areas, vendors must move their location at least once every two hours, and are not permitted to relocate within the same block of the street within the same day. 

  • Vendors must display their license.

  • Vendors must provide a trash can and recycling bin.

  • Vendors are subject to Frederick County Health Department rules.

Obtaining a Vendor/Peddler Permit:

A food truck’s Vendor'/Peddler permit will be processed through the City’s Permitting Department. Please contact 301-600-3926 with any questions.  

Health Department Regulation: 

  • All City food vendors are subject to Frederick County Health Department regulation. 
  • The Food Control Office can also provide insight on appropriate commissaries. It is usually recommended against co-locating with a full-time, 7-day a week restaurant, as you will need easy access to parking & loading. 
  • The Health Department maintains a list of all currently licensed food trucks in Frederick County. You can find the list on their homepage.  

Potential Primary Site User Locations: 

Below is a list of current breweries/distillers in the City of Frederick. Not all of these locations have necessarily chosen to apply annually for a Primary Site User permit — though many have. Food trucks must receive permission from eligible & current primary site hosts. 

City Breweries/Wineries/Distilleries
Attaboy Beer 
Dragon Distillery
Idiom Brewing
Jug Bridge Brewing
McClintock Distilling
Midnight Run Brewing 
Monocacy Brewing
Olde Mother Brewing
Rockwell Brewery
Smoketown Brewing 
Tenth Ward Distillery

Special Events & Additional Opportunities:  

  • The City of Frederick operates the “Key City Food and Farm Market” in Baker Park every Friday during the summer months. The event hosts both food trucks and locally sourced-goods. For information on participating, contact our Parks & Recreation Department at 301-600-3850.

  • There are other City-Sanctioned Special Events that allow food vendors. Speak with Celebrate Frederick at 301-600-CITY for more information.