Policy Summary

This law establishes a permitting process and regulatory requirements for mobile food trucks. It also establishes a city Mobile Food Trucks Committee and specifically indicates that the Committee may work with permit applicants to encourage, "charitable components to the business of operation," "school nutrition programs or healthy food choices," "programs for children or the homeless," and "routes that provide access to underserved neighborhoods of the city."

Background Information

State Massachusetts
Jurisdiction Name Boston
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 200,000-800,000
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
  • Expressly allows something
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Get;
Evidence for Health

This policy may correspond to diet-related strategies identified by the County Health Rankings’ What Works for Health tool, including:

For research on the potential effectiveness, please review the category links above.

We understand that this information is not comprehensive. It also does not include other important forms of evidence such as community members’ lived experiences and practice-based evidence.

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

See references to "programs for children or the homeless" and "routes that provide access to underserved neighborhoods of the city." § 17-10.3(c)(iv),(vi).

Health-related goal?

See reference to "school nutrition programs or healthy food choices." § 17-10.3(c)(iii).

Environmental goal?

See reference to "sustainable and environmentally friendly practices, including the use of energy-efficient vehicles." § 17-10.3(c)(i).

Economic goal?

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

Includes definitions?

§ 17-10.1 

Addresses implementation?

Various implementation steps relating to permitting application, approval, transfer and renewal are set forth. §§ 17-10.4-10.10.

Enforcement provisions?

Mobile food truck permit holders violating the law or regulations may be fined, have their permits revoked, suspended, modified, or not renewed; and their mobile food vehicle may be impounded. § 17-10.12.

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

This policy is located in Boston, Massachusetts Municipal Code, Chapter XVII - Licenses and Regulations Effecting Certain Trades, Section 17-10 - Permitting and Regulation of Mobile Food Trucks. History: Ord. 2011 c. 5.


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