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Food Trucks (Mobile Food Facilities)

If you wish to open your own Food Truck, Cart, or other Mobile Food Facility (MFF) our specialists can help determine where your planned MFF will fall in our classification and permitting requirements

All MFF’s are required to operate in conjunction with a commissary (a food facility/kitchen with a valid health permit).  Securing a commissary can be difficult and/or expensive so it is highly recommended that you do so prior to purchasing an MFF.

Please see our list of currently permitted Mobile Food Facilities (updated 08/08/14)

Your MFF idea may fall outside of the regulations and therefore not be permittable as an MFF.  Please contact us prior to committing any financial investment in your project.

How to Acquire a Health Permit

To begin the process of permitting your MFF, please submit a completed application packet to this office.  After review by a Specialist, you will be contacted to set up a date and time for inspection of your vehicle.  All initial inspections are performed at the Environmental Health office in Auburn (or our satellite office in Tahoe City).  The health permit fee is due at the time of the inspection.

Getting Ready for Inspection

All MFF’s must pass an annual inspection in order to be granted an annual operating permit. The annual operating permit shall be displayed on the rear or other prominent location of the vehicle, in the form of a brightly colored sticker that is issued by this office.

On the day of your scheduled inspection please ensure that your vehicle is in complete operating condition:

  • Adequate volume and pressure of hot and cold water.
  • Hot water shall be at least 120°F (100°F for MFF with only hand washing).
  • Steam tables 135°F or above.
  • Refrigerators at 41°F or below.
  • Hand wash supplies (soap and paper towels) available and accessible
  • Sanitizer and proper test strips on the vehicle
  • Properly mounted, up-to-date B/C rated fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit

All vehicles on inventory will be billed in May or June for the following year, and it is the responsibility of the operator to call and arrange for an inspection, at which point the new permit will be issued. An inspection must be passed in order to obtain a new operators permit.

Individual Application Packet Forms 

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