BUREAU OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

MOBILE FOOD FACILITY

The Mobile Food Vehicle Inspection Program inspects, and issues permits to catering trucks, trailers, and carts that offer:

  • Unpackaged, perishable foods (e.g., catering trucks and soft-serve/scoop ice cream trucks)
  • Unpackaged, non-perishable food (e.g., produce trucks, churros carts)
  • Packaged, frozen ready-to-eat foods, whole fish, and whole aquatic invertebrates (e.g., ice cream trucks and seafood trucks)
  • Packaged, non-perishable foods (e.g., fruit carts, and carts with only snacks and/or bottled drinks)
  • Packaged, perishable foods (e.g., grocery truck)

Vehicles with plumbing are inspected twice per year at the Department of Health and Human Services. Those inspections are scheduled in February and August. Vehicles selling prepackaged food are inspected once a year in August.  Mobile food facilities that sell unpackaged perishable foods are required to have at least one person with a valid food safety certificate (Food Managers certificate). All other employees are required to have a valid food handler’s card. Operators of mobile food facilities that sell or handle non-perishable, non-prepackaged are only required to have a valid food handler's card. Operators of mobile food facilities that sell and handle only prepackaged food items are not required to have a food handler’s card or a valid food safety certificate (Food Managers certificate).

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