The City of Williamsburg has allowed food trucks for several years, but with limited access. In January 2019, Williamsburg City Council, upon recommendation from the Food Truck Work Group amended its food truck policy. The new policy provides not only a definition of a food truck, it greatly expands permitted areas within the City limits. This provides for greater opportunities for food truck owners/operators in the City.
Food trucks are a welcomed addition to an already exciting business and tourism destination but before you smoke your brisket, filet your fish, or dice your onions, food truck owners/operators should familiarize themselves with the following:
- City Code – Food Trucks
- Business License application
- Fire Department Check List
- Private Property Food Truck Application
- B-3 Midtown & B-4 Capitol Landing Road Maps
- LB-1 and B-1 Downtown Map
- ED & ED-2 Maps
- MS Map
Food trucks are defined as “a large, wheeled vehicle from which food is sold or served that typically contains cooking facilities where the food is prepared.” Below are two types of permits to allow food trucks in the City.
SPECIAL EVENTS: Food trucks are allowed at special events when invited to do so by the special event host on City owned property or rights-of-ways. The host is responsible for obtaining a special event permit from the City Manager’s Office. The host must list on the permit application the location, name of the food truck, name of the business (if different), name of the food truck operator(s), and contact information. Food trucks are not allowed in the Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area CW, except as permitted by a special event and located on a City street.
PRIVATE PROPERTY: Below are Highlights of the City’s food truck policy on private property:
- COMMERCIAL AREAS: Food trucks are allowed in the following zoning districts: LB-1 (Downtown), B-1 (Downtown), B-3* (Midtown), B-4 (Capitol Landing Road), ED* (Riverside), ED-2 (High Street) and 100 Visitor Center Drive (MS). Maps of the designated areas are listed above.
- There is a 100-foot restaurant buffer for LB-1 and B-1 zoning districts.
- RESIDENTIAL AREAS: Food trucks are allowed on residential property up to two times a year.
- The criteria for operating a food truck includes, but is not limited to, the following:a valid driver’s license (for each driver), valid City business license, valid health permit, a copy of an approved inspection from the Williamsburg Fire Department (WFD), written permission from the property owner, and current vehicle registration and insurance. WFD must inspect the food truck each day the food truck is in operation in the City.
- The zoning administrator may revoke the permit at any time for failure of the permit holder to comply with the requirements and to correct such noncompliance within the timeframe specified in a notice of violation. Notice of revocation shall be made in writing to the permit holder. The revocation decision can be appealed to the Board of Zoning Appeals.
For more information contact the following:
Business License - Commissioner of the Revenue's Office (757) 220-6150
Special Event Permit - City Manager's Office (757) 220-6100
Private Property Food Truck Application - Planning Department (757) 220-6130
Fire Inspections - Williamsburg Fire Department (757) 220-6220