UAB permits mobile food trucks to be operated on property owned or controlled by the university provided prior approval has been granted by Environmental Health & Safety‚Äôs Department of Campus Safety. Approved food trucks must operate in accordance with UAB policy to ensure the safety of our campus community.

The Department of Campus Safety requires any campus department or student organization to take the following steps when hosting an event with a food truck:
  • Organizers must reach out to Campus Safety to request approval at least two weeks in advance of the event with information about the truck and where it will be located.
  • All food trucks requesting campus access must complete the approval process by Campus Safety to ensure compliance with local and state health and sanitation regulations in regard to food service.
    • All up-to-date licensing, permits, and documents must be provided at the time of approval request.
    • Food trucks may be subject to inspection, if necessary.
  • Food trucks that set up on public streets are not required to go through this process, but those vendors must comply with the city of Birmingham's food truck policy. Only food trucks that request to come onto campus property will be subject to this process.
  • If requesting access for more than one date, please provide all scheduled dates at the time of the request. Consistent on-campus food truck vendor approvals will be processed on a case by case basis.

Additionally, there are limitations to the locations where food trucks are allowed on campus:
  • No trucks, at any time, are permitted to set up within 20 feet of a building.
  • Trucks may only park in locations approved by Campus Safety to ensure they are consistent with UAB rules, regulations, and other policies. The department will also ensure the setup is safe and accessible, including not blocking:
    • sidewalks
    • ADA ramps and access
    • fire lanes or streets
    • traffic or university operations

If you would like to submit a request for on-campus access or have questions about the process, please contact Robert Emmons, Campus Safety Manager, at or 205-934-0063.