Draft Mobile Food Vendors Policy

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The Town of Victoria Park has developed a Draft Mobile Food Vendors Policy to guide the location, operation and regulation of mobile food vendors (e.g. food trucks) within our local government area.

The draft policy was prepared following preliminary consultation with the local residents, property owners, the business community and existing and potential mobile food vendors. A summary of the outcomes of this initial phase of the project is located in the document library.

The draft policy nominates a number of public open spaces (designated trading areas) around the Town where approved mobile food vendors (Vic Park Vendors) will be able to trade. The draft policy aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • Increased enjoyment and activation of our parks and reserves
  • Improved safety and surveillance
  • Greater choice and diversity of local food options
  • Enhanced sense of place and community well-being

The Draft Policy (as recommended to be further modified by Council Officers) was considered by the Council at its Ordinary Meeting of 9 October 2018 where it resolved to:

1. Defer the motion to adopt the modified version of draft policy ‘HLTH6 Mobile Food Vendors (Vic Park Vendor’s) Policy’ on a trial basis from 1 November 2018 to 31 March 2019;

2. Directs the Chief Executive Officer to convene a workshop with local business owners to consult with them about the Policy, and report the outcome of the workshop to the Future Planning Committee for consideration; and

3. Refer the draft HLTH6 Mobile Food Vendors (Vic Park Vendor’s) Policy (“the Policy”) back to the Future Planning Committee for further consideration after receiving a report on the outcome of the workshop.

The reasons provided for the above decision were as follows:

1. There is an opportunity for public consultation with local business in the Town regarding the Policy in light of concerns expressed by local businesses about the extent of public consultation;

2. The Future Planning Committee will have an opportunity to consider the outcome of the workshop as part of a further consideration of the Policy and any recommendation to Council; and

3. Council is able to make an informed decision.

Further details regarding the Council’s decision are available through the Minutes of the Ordinary Council Meeting available from the Document Library.

What is happening now?

At it's Ordinary Council Meeting in August 2019, Town Officers recommended adoption of the Draft Council Policy 406 - Temporary Food Businesses and Itinerant Food Vendors with changes to the previously drafted policy. Council resolved the following :

  1. Adopt draft Council Policy 406 ‘Temporary Food Businesses and Itinerant Food Vendors
  2. Reviews the policy after 18 months from its adoption to measure its success, and consider any changes that could be made to address the needs of all stakeholders.

Thank you to everyone that was involved in this project.

How can I find out more information?

  • Read the information in the document library or FAQ's
  • Ask a question and we will respond



The Town of Victoria Park has developed a Draft Mobile Food Vendors Policy to guide the location, operation and regulation of mobile food vendors (e.g. food trucks) within our local government area.

The draft policy was prepared following preliminary consultation with the local residents, property owners, the business community and existing and potential mobile food vendors. A summary of the outcomes of this initial phase of the project is located in the document library.

The draft policy nominates a number of public open spaces (designated trading areas) around the Town where approved mobile food vendors (Vic Park Vendors) will be able to trade. The draft policy aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • Increased enjoyment and activation of our parks and reserves
  • Improved safety and surveillance
  • Greater choice and diversity of local food options
  • Enhanced sense of place and community well-being

The Draft Policy (as recommended to be further modified by Council Officers) was considered by the Council at its Ordinary Meeting of 9 October 2018 where it resolved to:

1. Defer the motion to adopt the modified version of draft policy ‘HLTH6 Mobile Food Vendors (Vic Park Vendor’s) Policy’ on a trial basis from 1 November 2018 to 31 March 2019;

2. Directs the Chief Executive Officer to convene a workshop with local business owners to consult with them about the Policy, and report the outcome of the workshop to the Future Planning Committee for consideration; and

3. Refer the draft HLTH6 Mobile Food Vendors (Vic Park Vendor’s) Policy (“the Policy”) back to the Future Planning Committee for further consideration after receiving a report on the outcome of the workshop.

The reasons provided for the above decision were as follows:

1. There is an opportunity for public consultation with local business in the Town regarding the Policy in light of concerns expressed by local businesses about the extent of public consultation;

2. The Future Planning Committee will have an opportunity to consider the outcome of the workshop as part of a further consideration of the Policy and any recommendation to Council; and

3. Council is able to make an informed decision.

Further details regarding the Council’s decision are available through the Minutes of the Ordinary Council Meeting available from the Document Library.

What is happening now?

At it's Ordinary Council Meeting in August 2019, Town Officers recommended adoption of the Draft Council Policy 406 - Temporary Food Businesses and Itinerant Food Vendors with changes to the previously drafted policy. Council resolved the following :

  1. Adopt draft Council Policy 406 ‘Temporary Food Businesses and Itinerant Food Vendors
  2. Reviews the policy after 18 months from its adoption to measure its success, and consider any changes that could be made to address the needs of all stakeholders.

Thank you to everyone that was involved in this project.

How can I find out more information?

  • Read the information in the document library or FAQ's
  • Ask a question and we will respond



CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
  • Why is the Town of Victoria Park bringing outside business and not supporting the local bricks and mortar businesses who actually pay rates? There are over 200 food outlets in the TOVP, why bring in more?

    InRetrospect asked over 1 year ago

    Hi InRetrospect,

    The Town does not currently have an adopted policy in relation to mobile food vendors, and preliminary consultation undertaken at the beginning of this year indicated a high level of community support for mobile food vending in the Town. The sites included in the Draft Policy were all locations nominated by community members during the preliminary consultation.

    The Town has now prepared a Draft Policy, which has been the subject of community consultation, to inform further modifications to the Draft Policy and consider community feedback now that actual sites have been proposed for vending to occur.

    The Town has received a range of feedback that is being seriously considered, and is likely to result in further modifications being recommended to the Draft Policy when it is considered by Council. This may include changes to the number of trading areas, the trading times and conditions, the maximum numbers of vendors, etc.

    The Town will keep you informed of when the Draft Policy will be presented to Council, which will include options for changes for the Council to consider.

  • Am I correct in interpreting that there will be no vendors allowed in John MacMillan park in the evening? If so this is GREAT news.

    owneroperator asked over 1 year ago

    Under the Draft Policy, mobile food vendor trading at John Macmillan is limited to day-time trade from 7am to 5pm.

    This does not preclude the operation of authorised events occurring outside these times, which have been separately approved by the Council, and that may incorporate the trading of mobile food vendors.  In the case of John Macmillan Park, the existing TGIF Markets are an approved event that occurs regularly at this site during Summer evenings, and will be permitted to continue provided the event is operating in accordance with a valid approval. Refer to Clauses 2.1 and 2.9 for further information regarding trading at authorised events.

  • What is the penalty for not adhering to the regulations outline? For instance the dumping of waste down drains? There is nothing in the document - I suggest a significant financial penalty.

    owneroperator asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question.

    The draft policy makes reference to the ability of the Council to suspend or cancel permits and/or take infringement action, in accordance with the Town of Victoria Park Activities on Thoroughfares and Trading in Thoroughfares and Public Places Local Law 2000 (Local Law). Such circumstances may include where a breach of the Local Law, Policy or conditions applied to the vendor’s permit has occurred. Please refer to the Local Law (available for download on the Town’s website) and Clause 2.8 of the Draft Policy for further details.


  • How do we apply to be apart of this movement as I am also a small food van ice cream business. Thank you

    eed2518 asked about 2 years ago

    Thank you for your question and your interest in this project.

    The Town has not yet determined if or how specific sites or locations will be trialled for mobile food vendors to operate within the Town. This will occur during the policy development stage and be subject to further community consultation and consideration by Council's Elected Members.

    Please subscribe for updates as the project develops.  You can also complete the Community Survey and indicate that you would like to be kept informed as further opportunities to be involved arise.

  • Will ALL residents in streets adjoining any park or location that a food vendor may be licensed to operate be consulted as to their preferences, especially re hours of operation? I am most supportive of having food vendors in relevant parts of Victoria Park; however, the hours of operation, noise, aromas, rubbish, parking etc can/may negatively impact on the lifestyles of residents living in the close vicinity of a food vendors location. So it is of paramount importance such residents be consulted widely as to their attitudes. Will consultation be done comprehensively? Will it be done by mail to residents that may be affected? Please don’t make the mistakes the council made with the poor consultation made re the synthetic hockey field. Where information was mainly on-line until considerable community angst made council hastily start giving out info by other methods.

    Loris asked about 2 years ago

    Thank you for your question Loris. The Town is in the early stages of the development of a mobile food vendor policy. We are currently encouraging all of our community to express their thoughts to gain an understanding of their views. These views will help us draft a policy. If it is proposed that mobile food trucks and stalls operate at a certain location, further consultation will take place with those in the area.
    Thank you