Refreshment Vehicles

food served from a refreshment vehicle

The Legislative Services Department facilitates the licensing process for Refreshment Vehicles, in accordance with By-law 2024-22. Refreshment vehicle operators can acquire their licence by applying online, or by contacting the Legislative Services staff at 705-687-3412, extension 8. 

The licensing period is from January 1st to December 31st, each calendar year.

Q&A: Refreshment Vehicle Bylaw

The purpose of this Q&A is to educate the public on the town’s updated Refreshment Vehicle Bylaw.

What is the town’s Refreshment Vehicle Bylaw? 

The Town of Gravenhurst has a Refreshment Vehicle Bylaw that regulates the operation of refreshment vehicles in the municipality. 

The purpose is to ensure that operators are insured, operating safely, and observing public health regulations. 

The bylaw applies to anyone who is operating a mobile refreshment vehicle or mobile refreshment stand.

Where can I review the bylaw? 

The bylaw is available for review on our website

Additionally, we have a refreshment vehicle information page on our website that contains a variety of related material.

How do I apply for a licence? 

You can apply on our website using our online fillable form. 

You can also visit our website and print the form, fill it out, and submit a completed application in-person at the municipal office, 3-5 Pineridge Gate, or you can e-mail your completed application to us at Note our office hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. After hours drop box is available (do not leave cash). 

Another option is to visit our website, print the form, fill it out, and mail your completed application to us at: Town of Gravenhurst, 3-5 Pineridge Gate, P1P 1Z3. 

If you have an accessibility issue regarding the application process, please contact the Legislative Services Department at 705-687-3412, ext. 2900.

When do I need to apply for a licence? 

If you are operating anywhere in Gravenhurst, you must apply for a licence.

We ask that operators submit their applications five business days before they intend to open.

If you are looking to operate in a municipal park, please fill out an expression of interest form PRIOR to applying for a licence and wait for our economic development staff to contact you. Do not proceed with your application until you hear from our staff.

What documentation do I need to provide when applying?

Please see our checklist.

How long is my licence valid?

Your licence is valid from the date of issue until the end of the calendar year.

You must apply for a new licence each year.

What is the cost of the licence?

The fee is $200, which includes the cost of your fire department inspection.

How can I pay for my licence?

You can pay for your licence during the online application process, or you can pay in-person at the municipal office within 72 hours of submitting your application.

You can pay online using MasterCard or Visa.

You can pay in-person using cash, debit, MasterCard, or Visa.

What should I know about the insurance process?

You will need a minimum of $5 million in general liability insurance.

You will also need to list the Corporation of the Town of Gravenhurst as an additional insured.

Do I need to display my licence?

Yes. Your licence must be displayed with your vehicle or cart.

What role does the Gravenhurst Fire Department play in the application process?

The Gravenhurst Fire Department will conduct a fire inspection of your vehicle or cart to ensure it meets the Ontario Fire Code and specific fire and electrical elements of the bylaw.

To book your inspection, see our website.

Inspections can be booked Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., subject to staff availability.

To see an example of the emergency plan you will be required to have, see our website. (See the second page of the document.)

What if I have other questions?

Contact the Legislative Services Department at 705-687-3412, ext. 2900.

For fire inspection related questions, contact the Gravenhurst Fire Department’s fire prevention officer Kevin McKelvey at 705-687-3414, ext. 2523

Documents Required for an Application

Legislative Services Documents
  • Written permission from property owner (if leased)
  • Copy of Driver's Licence
  • Copy of Business Name Registration
  • Picture of Refreshment Vehicle
  • Copy of Vehicle Registration
  • Certificate of Insurance (min. $5,000,000)
  • Health unit certificate or letter of approval
Fire Department Documents
  • Certificate of propane inspection (if applicable)
  • Certificate of TSSA annual inspection
  • Certificate of fire suppression system/portable extinguisher (if applicable)
  • Certificate of hydro inspection (if applicable)
  • Fire safety plan

When filling out an application, please use the Refreshment Vehicle Licence Application Checklist, to ensure you have provided all requirements. Attached to the checklist is a sample Emergency Plan, for reference.

Fees & Charges

Information on Licensing Fees:

Approved Refreshment Vehicle Licence: $200.00

This Fee Includes:

  • Fire Department Inspection Fee ($125.00)
  • Application for Licence Fee ($75.00)

Licence Duration: January 1, 2024 to December 31, 2024

Online Application

Refreshment Vehicle Licence Application

* If you are looking to operate in a Public Park, Please fill out our Expression of Interest form before submitting a licence Application

Fire Department Inspection
As per section 4.1 b) of the By-law, each refreshment vehicle must pass a Gravenhurst Fire Department inspection. You may book your inspection here: Gravenhurst Fire Department Inspection Booking Form
Public Park Space

Gravenhurst is looking to expand opportunities for small business owners by creating a program to allow Food Trucks or Carts to operate in Municipally designated parks. In this pilot program, interested trucks and food providers can apply to book a spot in Gull Lake Rotary Park, Muskoka Bay Park or at the Gravenhurst Centennial Centre.
Bookings will be available from May - October, with no extra charge beyond the licensing fee. 

Please note that if there is an event that closes the entire park, your refreshment vehicle will not be able to operate. Please monitor our Event Calendar to be aware of Park Events. Please reach out to Legislative Department or Economic Development Division for any questions.

If you are interested, before submitting a Licence Application please fill out our Expression Of Interest Form so we can help you find the right spot!

As per 'Schedule A' of the By-law, the following park spaces are available for operation. These spaces must be booked with Legislative Services for two-week periods: 

 Gull Lake Rotary Park

 405 Brock Street, Gravenhurst, ON P1P 1H4 

Gull Lake has two operational spots as you can see below, highlighted in blue. Both spots are no longer available for the 2023 Summer season.

 Gull Lake Park trucks spots GULL LAKE ROTARY PARK (Gravenhurst) - 2023 What to Know BEFORE You Go

Centennial Centre

 101 Centennial Drive, Gravenhurst, ON P1P 1B7

Centennial Drive has two operational spots as you can see below, highlighted in Blue. Both are still available for the 2023 Season.

Centennial centre trucks spotsProject Profile: Steel adds to the beauty of Gravenhurst… | CSSBI 

  Muskoka Bay Park

700 Muskoka Road 169, Gravenhurst, ON P1P 1R2

Muskoka Bay Park has one operational spot as you can see below, highlighted in Blue. This spot is no longer available for the 2023 season. 

Muskoka bay park truck spotParks & Playgrounds - Town of Gravenhurst 


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