The City has received inquiries from special event organizers, food truck owners and the general public as to whether or not food trucks can operate within the City of Escondido. Currently, food vending vehicles that serve hot foods prepared in the vehicle are not permitted in the City of Escondido on either public or private property.

Food trucks are not a new concept, but they are gaining popularity and changing the way they have traditionally operated, from selling unique gourmet dishes to advertising through social media.  In the past, food trucks would drive into an area, sell food within 10 minutes and move on to another location.  Trends today include food trucks selling from one location during lunch and dinner hours, as well as participating in special events.

City staff will hold a meeting to gather input from the public about this topic on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 6 p.m. in the Mitchell Room at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway.  Public hearings on this topic will be held by the Planning Commission in early 2013. For more information go to