Food Truck Pilot Program

Photograph of meter hood for food trucks

The City of Lincoln has amended the Vendor Truck Ordinance to allow vendor trucks to operate in the Downtown at certain parallel-metered parking stalls. This is a pilot program that will end on November 1, 2022. The purpose of the pilot program is to measure the level of interest and overall success of vendor truck on-street operations in the Downtown area.

Depending on the success of the program, the City may adopt permanent changes to the Vendor Truck Ordinance to allow vendor trucks to operate on an ongoing basis in the Downtown and other commercially-zoned areas on the street. For public safety purposes, certain permits are required to operate vendor trucks on public property. 

Food Truck Pilot Program Permit

To participate in this program, please apply for a permit through the City Clerk's Office.

Food Truck Pilot Program Application

After obtaining your Food Truck Pilot Program permit, reserve your space by contacting our office at 402-441-PARK between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tell our operator that you would like to reserve a space for a food truck and they will be able to share the available days, times, and locations. Locations will be reserved on a week by week basis. Please contact us by 4 p.m. Friday to reserve a parking stall or stalls for the following week.

After hours, you may contact us at parking@lincoln.ne.gov and put Food Truck Reservation in the subject line and your contact information, including name, permit number, and phone number for a call back. We will call back the next business day.

Food Truck Pilot Program Parking Locations

Three downtown locations have been identified for the first two weeks. Additional locations may be tested in the future.

  1. Centennial Mall and Q Street: meter space on the north side of Q Street, east and west of Centennial Mall
  2. 8th Street between M and L streets: meter spaces on the east side of 8th Street, south of M Street
  3. Centennial Mall and M Street: meter space on the south side of M Street, to the east and west of Centennial Mall