In mid-March 2020, Council directed staff to put in place the requirements to:
- Allow food trucks formally for Saanich special events, and
- Create and implement a pilot project in a few parks in the summer of 2020.
COVID 19 has delayed both of these parts of the program.
Both Saanich special events and the pilot project require Temporary Use Permits (TUPs) to allow food trucks to operate in parks. Staff are currently working to obtain these. Council makes the final decision on approval of TUPs. As part of the TUP process, we send letters to the immediate neighbours of the proposed site(s).
As a result of COVID 19, the 2020 operating budget was passed as a core budget with no additional funds to implement the pilot project. Staff have recommended to Council that the pilot project occur in 2021.
We will submit a report for Council’s consideration at some point in the near future. Please check back for updates.
Pilot Project (recommended for 2021)
Food Truck Park Pilot Program Locations
- Beckwith Park - a maximum of 2 food trucks at the south end of the parking lot
- Cadboro-Gyro Park - a maximum of 2 food trucks, in the parking lot near the washroom building
- Gorge Waterway Park - 1 food truck in the parking lot near Austin Avenue (additional areas for Saanich Special Events)
- Mount Douglas Park - a maximum of 2 food trucks, in the beach parking lot
- Mount Tolmie Park - a maximum of 2 food trucks in the over-flow lot adjacent to the summit
Food Truck Operations:
Once the pilot is ready to start, we will advertise the opportunity to participate on the Saanich website. There will be no limit to the number of vendors who may apply to participate in the pilot. Selected vendors will receive a specific location to operate through a random draw. Vendors will be able to operate at their drawn location for the entire season. We will not charge a fee for participating in the Pilot Program.
Food Truck Vendor Requirements
- Be self-sufficient for water and power;
- Use generators that comply with the Noise Bylaw [PDF - 153 KB];
- Collect and dispose of associated garbage, recycling and compost;
- Provide standard licenses, insurance, and permits (including business licence, general liabilty insurance, park permit, fire safety inspection and requirement checklist).
Number of Vendors
Up to two (2) food trucks will be allowed at each park, with the exception of Gorge Waterway Park, which will be limited to one (1) due to space constraints.
Duration and Hours of Operation
We anticipate the Pilot Program to run from July 1 till after the Labour Day long weekend in 2021. Vendors may operate between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. Vehicles must leave site by 10 p.m. daily (no overnight parking).
The Food Truck Pilot Program is subject to approval of Temporary Use Permits (TUPs) for each pilot location. Council will consider approving the TUPs at an upcoming meeting and may set a date for a public hearing prior to final approval. We will post the dates this topic will be discussed when they are set. You can also find Council dates and agendas under the Local Government section of the Saanich webpage.