Ice Cream Trucks

Ice Cream Trucks were first licensed for use in the City of Mississauga in 1999 and are regulated under By-law 523-04. This by-law sets out a number of requirements that must be followed by those who wish to maintain their licenced status. These requirements were designed to minimize the negative aspects these vehicles may have on community life and maximize the safety of those people wishing to purchase their wares.

These regulations require each ice cream truck to be equipped with safety equipment and prohibits the drivers of these vehicles from:

  • Operating the truck from the roadway.
  • Operating the truck on private property without the owner's permission.
  • Revisiting the same area in the same two hour period.
  • Operating the truck within a park without a permit.
  • Selling within 30 meters of an intersection.
  • Selling within 100 metres of any land occupied by a public or separate school on a school day between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • Selling within 500 metres of any business that sells products similar to the ice cream truck.
  • Selling within any of the Business Improvement Areas in the City.
  • Stop for longer than ten minutes at any one location.
  • Ring bells or chimes or make any other recognizable sounds at any one location for more than twenty seconds or between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m.
  • Operate an Ice cream truck between 10:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Most complaints received by the Mobile Licensing Section deal with these vehicles using their bells or amplified music for extended periods of time, especially in the evening hours. If this becomes an issue where you live we would encourage you to file a formal complaint with the Mobile Licensing Section and we will investigate the matter.

This information is for convenience and quick reference only. For specific information or to register a complaint, contact the Mobile Licensing Section by dialling 3-1-1 (Monday to Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.). If calling outside the City limits, please dial 905-615-4311. For an emergency after hours, from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. and on weekends and holidays, please call 905-615-3000.