I have a permit for my business preparing food and selling it from my food truck (kitchin kā ["kitchen car"] / キッチンカー) to operate in Okazaki City. I want to operate it in Nagoya City, too. Can you tell me where I can apply to do this?
To obtain a food business permit (shokuhin eigyō kyoka / 食品営業許可) to operate a food truck business in Nagoya City, one makes an application to the health center (hoken sentā / 保健センター) with jurisdiction over the ward in which the food truck is kept. The health center will issue the permit in the name of the head of the health center, permitting the food truck business to operate throughout the whole of Nagoya City. Please consult the health center with jurisdiction in advance if you need to apply for a permit.
Under an agreement between the City of Nagoya and the Aichi Prefectural Government, if one has a permit to operate in Nagoya City, the business can also operate throughout the whole of Aichi Prefecture.
In addition to Nagoya City, if one has a food business permit issued in a municipality in Aichi Prefecture with its own health center (hokenjo / 保健所), i.e. Toyota City, Toyohashi City, and Okazaki City, it is possible to operate throughout the whole of Aichi Prefecture. However, if the operating area has been limited to a specific area when being issued the permit, the area in which the business can operate will be limited to that specified.
As for the area in which you are permitted to operate your food truck business under the permit you have obtained in Okazaki City, you will need to confirm this with the health center which issued the permit.
Also, please bear in mind that you will need to consult and obtain permission from the organization or body which manages the site or property on which you propose to park the food truck and operate your business.
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