Steps for Starting a Mobile Food Unit (Food Truck)
Thank you for considering what it takes to open a mobile food unit in Loudoun County! This area supports a vibrant culinary scene thanks to talented chefs and entrepreneurs like you.
This page is designed to give you an overview of important considerations before establishing a mobile food unit, which includes food trucks, pushcarts, trailers, trucks, vans and more, but your specific situation may have different requirements. The Revised 1993 Loudoun County Zoning Ordinance is the ruling document.
Working with Loudoun County and Virginia Commonwealth staff will help verify that those requirements are met. Our combined goal is to ensure that your operation is safe for customers, so that your business can be successful.
Before establishing a mobile food unit, it is important to understand what is permitted with that use. Mobile food units must be mounted on wheels and readily moveable at any time. All operations and equipment must be contained within or attached to the unit.
Mobile food units are not full-service restaurants, commercial kitchens or catering operation unless you choose to apply for that additional use.
While this page focuses on mobile food units, think about what additional uses (if any) you might consider later. Communicating these additional uses to Loudoun County and Virginia Commonwealth staff up front can help avoid surprises later in the process. If you have questions at any point, please contact Loudoun Economic Development at 1-800-LOUDOUN.
Detailed contact information for County and Commonwealth regulatory departments can be found at the bottom of this page.