What to know: Operating a mobile food business within the Greenville, SC city limits

Now that applications are open to food trucks, trailers, and carts to operate with certain zones in the city, here’s what to know when it comes to how to applying and operating with the city.

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Trailers like Roaming Ritual can apply to operate in the city.| Photo by GVLtoday

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ICYMI, the City of Greenville City Council recently approved mobile food vendors (think: food trucks, trailers, and carts) on private property within the city limits.

As of Wednesday, Feb. 1, the City is accepting applications for businesses looking to pop up and put out food within the city.

If you want to join the list of 20+ mobile food businesses serving Greenville, here’s what you need to know:

What do I need?

First thing’s first: You’ll need to submit an application for a business license packet, which includes your business license and your vehicle permit.

In addition to your completed application, you’ll be required to provide a background check, driving record, and SC DHEC permits. See the full list of required documents.

Pro tip: Scroll to pages 10-14 in the application to see mobile food vendor requirements and safety tips from organizations like SC DHEC and the Greenville City Fire Department.

When can I serve?

You’ll be able to feed new and returning customers between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily. If you need to stick around later, you can apply for permission to stay on site from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Where can I go?

Once you receive your license, you can operate on private property in the following City zones:

  • C-1: Neighborhood commercial district, like East North Street
  • C-2: Local commercial district, like Lewis Plaza on Augusta Road
  • C-3: Regional commercial district, like South Pleasantburg Drive
  • C-4: Central business district, like Main Street, downtown Greenville
  • RDV: Redevelopment district, like the Village of West Greenville
  • S-1: Service district, like the area containing Legacy Park

Learn more about what classifies each zone and where to find them.

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