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Refreshment vehicle means a vehicle within or from which food is prepared, offered, sold or otherwise made available for consumption by persons. A Refreshment Vehicle, commonly known as a "Street Food Vendor", is a technical term defined in the City's Business Licensing By-law.
What are the different types of Refreshment Vehicles/Street Food Vendors?
Refreshment Vehicles/Street Food Vendors can take a variety of forms. Ice cream trucks, hot dog carts, ice cream bikes, chip trucks and other food trucks are all examples of the different types of Refreshment Vehicles/Street Food Vendors.
Oshawa currently defines four (4) classes of refreshment vehicles within the Business Licensing By-law including:
1. Hot Dog Cart: a Mobile Refreshment Vehicle that is operated or licensed to operate at one location for a period no less than three (3) hours and not exceeding nine (9) hours on any day.
Example: Hot dog cart
2. Mobile Refreshment Vehicle: A Refreshment Vehicle that is propelled by means other than an on-board motor or engine.
Examples: ice cream bikes, coffee bikes, and trailers.
3. Motorized Refreshment Vehicle: A Mobile Refreshment vehicle that is self-propelled by means of an on-board motor or engine.
Examples: food trucks and ice cream trucks.
4. Stationary Refreshment Vehicle: A Refreshment Vehicle operated from one Lot but does not include a Hot Dog Cart.
Examples: “Chip Trucks” as seen on various private property lots in Oshawa.
Please note that Stationary Refreshment Vehicles are not part of this review.
What is the City doing on the issue of Refreshment Vehicles/Street Food Vendors?
The City is presently undertaking an industry stakeholder and public consultation process to discuss the role of Street Food Vendors within the City of Oshawa. Following the consultation process, staff will assess the feedback and develop regulatory policy options relating to the Licensing By-law 120-2005 and the Highway Vending By-law 33-92.