Before you buy a food truck, concession trailer, or container kitchen do contact your health department to find out what requirements must be met for your mobile business. For example, some states require 1 sink in a concession truck/trailer, while other states require 4. Your health department will provide the information we need to build your food truck to meet these requirements.
PLEASE NOTE: To ensure your build is constructed without delays it is best to obtain all the health department literature and your required licensing before moving forward with production. We recommend considering health department requirements at the same time as you do your food truck business plan.
Health permits may cost between $50.00 and $150.00 depending on the city. These permits can often be completed online (search your local health department website) followed by a simple on site inspection once your food truck has been delivered to you.
Your local health department defines these requirements so that your mobile kitchen is made to operate a safe, clean and capable service of uncontaminated food. We comply with these regulations in every state, in every county.
National Sanitation Foundation (NSF)
Some county health departments will require that food preparation equipment be “NSF approved”. The NSF is a quality assurance agency that provides guidelines and certification for food equipment. They have detailed specifications that manufacturers of food service equipment must meet regarding standards of design, operation and materials of construction.
As a leader in food truck design and manufacturing, this approval is not a problem for us.
Things to note while you are familiarizing yourself with your zoned health code regulations…
- Types of foods you are permitted to serve.
- Specific design requirements for your food truck—these may determine the size and even the model that would work best.
- Be prepared for a possible physical inspection of your food truck before you are permitted to open. This may involve a one time inspection fee.
- You may be required to take a course in safe food handling. There is typically a small fee.