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Food Trucks

There’s no question the food truck industry continues to grow and thrive in Detroit, throughout Michigan and nationwide. While food trucks are certainly an exciting and innovative venture for entrepreneurs, their novelty can also bring a variety of unique legal challenges and considerations requiring the assistance of an experienced attorney.

Food trucks are largely regulated by local governments, which can lead to widely varying regulations from municipality to municipality. Dalton & Tomich PLC’s attorneys are distinctly aware of the unique legal challenges that food truck entrepreneurs face in an ever-evolving field. This knowledge equips us to navigate the tedious, often confusing legal landscape so you can focus on operating and growing your business.

Dalton & Tomich, PLC attorneys are skilled at guiding food truck businesses through the following:

  • Choosing and Forming a Corporate Entity
  • Financing
  • Licensing and Permitting
  • Navigating Local Land Use and Zoning Ordinances
  • Navigating Local Food Truck-Specific Ordinances
  • Contract Drafting, Review and Negotiation
  • Employment Issues
  • Intellectual Property Protection
  • Dispute Resolution and Litigation

We can help you meet your goals.

The attorneys of Dalton & Tomich, PLC have the experience and the knowledge to work with you to develop a legal solution that helps you accomplish your goals.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Food trucks have many of the same legal needs as brick-and-mortar restaurants, like business formation, employment issues, food and beverage safety, and financing. There are also many legal needs that are unique to food trucks.

It is important to decide early on where you plan to operate your food truck. Food trucks are mainly regulated at the municipal level, which has resulted in inconsistent regulations that vary significantly from community to community. You need to know where you plan to operate so you can figure out what regulations you’ll need to comply with. There are also several licenses food trucks must obtain. In Michigan, food trucks often need to secure different licenses at the municipal, county and state level.

We strongly advise you consult an experienced business attorney to help you get your food truck business smoothly off the ground.

As a food truck owner, your most valuable and important asset is the food truck’s name. The business name is posted on your truck, on your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media pages, and most likely in the local media. You’ve also invested thousands of dollars and so much time into developing and growing this brand.

To protect this investment, you should secure federal trademark rights to your business’ name. By securing trademark rights to your business name and/or logo, you reserve nationwide rights to your mark. This means that competing brands cannot launch a business with a confusingly similar name, and it also makes it much easier to expand a business into different markets in the future.

As a small business owner, we understand that it’s critical to make sure your time and money are being spent in the right places. We enjoy working with clients to formulate cost-effective and creative solutions that allow you to focus on what’s important: running your business.

We will work with you to determine your legal needs, tailor the scope of services to fit within your budget, and strive to give you the best value for your money. We also offer flat fee billing arrangements that can help new entrepreneurs manage cash flow and avoid surprise bills.