Food trucks are sweeping the nation. As trucks have changed from standard pre-prepared hamburgers, sandwiches and tacos to gourmet and specialty foods, people around the country have jumped on the food truck bandwagon. However, these popular, low-overhead businesses have no shortage of licensing and permitting required. Often numerous state, county and city licenses are needed including several environmental health permits.
The beautiful beach community of Santa Barbara is no small town. Because of its size and economic diversity, Santa Barbara has numerous business regulations. Unlike many cities, Santa Barbara categorizes businesses and charges different licensing fees and tax rates accordingly. Businesses must license under the correct category and in many cases, obtain a variety of additional licenses and permits – especially in businesses involving food or anything that can affect public health. Santa Barbara is known for its tourism, it also hosts a growing wine industry and some manufacturing. However, Santa Barbara is mostly known for its local small businesses and many food and retail establishments that benefit from tourism and the city's generally affluent community.