COVID-19 information
For the latest updates, please visit our coronavirus (COVID-19) website:
City department hours
City Hall is open to the public on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. If you need to visit a department, you must make an appointment.
Back to top
Last updated:

Food truck lottery

Learn the annual lottery and site selection process.

Annual live lottery

Our annual lottery is scheduled for February 25, 2020.

Still have questions? Contact:
Small Business Development
26 Court Street
7th Floor
Boston, MA 02108

Site Rules

Zone 1 sites

Zone 1 sites are put into a lottery each year. We can't guarantee that any food truck will have a Zone 1 site for more than one year. New sites are considered Zone 2 sites for their first year.

Zone 2 and 3 sites

If you want a Zone 2 or Zone 3 site that is already taken, you have to wait until the site opens up. Zone 2 and 3 sites are put into a lottery every three years. You can renew a spot for up to three years.

Site lotteries

We award all public spots through a lottery system. There is an annual lottery before each vending season and three mini-lotteries for dropped shifts. Annual lottery spots are available for the whole year, but need to be renewed every three months. New vendors can join before any lottery deadline:

Lottery type Application deadlines Lottery dates
Annual live lottery February 14, 2020 February 25, 2020 

Adding and dropping shifts

Each quarter, food trucks have an opportunity to drop a site without a penalty. We make the dropped sites available for other food trucks to add during the mini-lottery.

However, if a shift is dropped outside of the deadline, we still apply quarterly fees.


You must submit the drop form by the drop deadline for the specific site and shift. After you drop your site, we make the site available for other food trucks. We also let applicants know about the mini-lottery. After we complete the mini-lottery, you'll have two weeks to pick up your site permit at Public Works.

If you don't pick up your permit within two weeks, the permit will become invalid.

Shift add and drop deadlines

Add and drop deadlines have not been finalized for 2019. We will notify you of dates once they are confirmed, but please check back here for updates.