Food Truck or Cart Permit
You need a mobile food facility permit if:
- you sell or distribute food from a vehicle or cart and prepare food at a commissary or other permanent food facility.
- you want to operate on a route or park at a location not in conjunction with a community event.
If you will only be operating in conjunction with a community event such as a farmers market then you need a temporary food facility permit .
Contact an inspector before purchasing a mobile food facility permit to insure it meets current food code requirements.
Requirements change over time; please contact Environmental Health & Safety for current standards.
Who Needs a Mobile Food Facility Permit?
Types of mobile food facilities include trucks or trailers, examples include:
- Hot truck
- Cold truck
- Ice cream truck
- Espresso cart
- Hot dog/tamale cart
- Ice cream cart
Submit Your Application Packet
Your permit application should include:
Resources for Facility Owners
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The California Retail Food Code
Download CalCode [PDF]
CalCode establishes uniform statewide health and sanitation standards for retail food facilities.