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Food Truck Sites

Last updated: 7/1/16

Food Truck Sites

There are 21 public sites for food trucks in the City of Boston. Learn about different zones and hours of operation.

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

Public sites

ZONE 1

Zone 1 sites are high-traffic locations, very competitive, and require a higher fee. These sites are entered into the annual lottery, however, if you drop a site, a mini-lottery will be held for the spot. 

HOURS AND LOCATIONS

HOURS

LOCATIONS

Breakfast: 7 a.m.- 11 a.m
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Dinner: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.

 

City Hall Plaza
Boston Public Library
Clarendon Street
Stuart Street
Boston Medical Center
West End
Milk & Kirby
Pearl & Franklin
Innovation District
Northeastern/ Opera House

ZONE 2 AND Zone 3

Zone 2 and Zone sites are in the heart of Boston's vibrant neighborhoods, frequented by local residents and students, and have a three year site permit.  The sites are selected on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Zone 2 HOURS AND LOCATIONS

HOURS

LOCATIONS

Breakfast: 7 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Dinner: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.

BU West
Charlestown
Chinatown
Hurley
1st Year Sites

ZONE 3 HOURS AND LOCATIONS

HOURS

LOCATIONS

Breakfast: 7 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Dinner: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Cleveland Circle
Dorchester Ave.
Dudley Square
Maverick
Peter's Park

Site costs

We base monthly permit fees on how many shifts you work at each site. You'll have to pay the fee for the number of shifts in each zone that you have. You must pay the total quarterly cost of the license up front.

NUMBER OF SHIFTS

ZONE 1

ZONE 2

ZONE 3

1

$125

$75

$50

2

$225

$150

$100

3

$325

$225

$150

4

$425

$300

$200

5

$525

$375

$250

6

$625

$450

$300

7

$725

$525

$350

8

$825

$600

$400

9

$925

$675

$450

10

$1,025

$750

$500

11

$1,125

$825

$550

12

$1,225

$900

$600

Private and special sites

PRIVATE SITES

To work on a private site, you need to give us several documents for approval. We'll need:

  • your food truck permit application
  • the lease or letter of agreement from the property owner
  • a photo of the site and a drawing that shows where your truck will be located and how you plan to serve food, and
  • a copy of your Use of Premises permit approved by Inspectional Services. If the department denies your permit, you can appeal it for $150.
Private site approval

To get approved for a private site, you need to bring all your documents to the Public Works Permitting Office:

1 City Hall Square, Room 714
Boston, MA 02201
Office hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Other food truck sites

Other food truck sites
Contact

Samantha McGinnis
185 Kneeland St., Boston, MA 02111
Phone: 617-292-0020

smcginnis@rosekennedygreenway.org 
 

locations and scheduling

Contact

Donna L. Hill
Phone: 617-222-3428
Email:
Dhill@mbta.com

MBTA Vendor application

Licenses may be granted according to the public process.

Locations
  • Roxbury: Dudley Square Terminal area
  • Mattapan: Mattapan Square T Station

(You cannot use propane at these sites)

Contact

Steve TenBarge
Email: steve@friendsofthepublicgarden.org
69 Beacon Street, 
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: 617-723-8144

Contact

Chris Masci
460 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA 02118
Phone: 800-403-8305, Fax: 866-611-8539
Email:
info@sowaopenmarket.com