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Mobile Food Facilities FAQs

1.  What is a Community Event?

A "Community Event" is an event of civic, political, public, or educational nature, including state and county fairs, city festivals, circuses, and other public gathering events approved by DEHS.

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2.  What is a Mobile Food Facility?

A Mobile Food Facility can be classified as a cart or vehicle used for prepackaged potentially hazardous and non-potentially hazardous foods or vehicles where food preparation is observed.

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3.  I would like to purchase a Mobile Food Facility. What are the basic requirements?

Refer to the Mobile Food Facility- Build It Right or contact DEHS Plan Check at 800-442-2283.

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4.  I have an existing food truck. How can I obtain a health permit to operate?

The truck must undergo Plan Check Review and meet all DEHS Plan Check requirements. Contact Plan Check at 800-442-2283 for additional information.

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5.  I have a food truck approved and permitted in Orange County and Los Angeles County. What do I need in order to operate in San Bernardino County?

In order for the vehicle to operate in San Bernardino County, the vehicle must go through a DEHS modified plan review process. Contact Plan Check at 800-442-2283 for additional information.

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6.  What is the cost for Plan Review?

Please see our current fee schedule, available on our website.

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7.  Do I need a business License/peddler's License?

If you plan to operate in unincorporated county areas you will need approval from the County Planning Department. If you plan to operate in an incorporated area, you may need a business license from the local jurisdiction. Call the appropriate City for specific requirements.

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8.  Do I need a health permit to operate my food truck?

Yes. All food trucks operating in San Bernardino County shall have a valid County of San Bernardino DEHS Health Permit.

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9.  What will it cost for an annual health permit?

Please see our current fee schedule, available on our website.

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10.  What are the requirements to sell food to the public from temporary food facilities?

Temporary food operations have specific requirements that are contained in the California Retail Food Code. Temporary food facilities are restricted as to where they may operate. They must operate at a "Community Event" that is pre-approved by DEHS. The community event organizer must give approval to each vendor to operate at that event. After approval by the event organizer, each food vendor must obtain a Health Permit from DEHS at least 48 hours before the event. DEHS has developed a packet that will assist you. Specific requirements can be found in our website link for temporary food facilities.

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11.  Can I store my Mobile Food Facility at home?

All mobile food facilities must be serviced at a DEHS-approved commissary.

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12.  Can I operate my vehicle at a private event?

Check with the local jurisdiction for restrictions.

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13.  What type of activities can I perform outside of my vehicle?

Barbequing is permitted. However, no food preparation or assembly is allowed outside the vehicle. Contact the local jurisdiction for specific requirements.

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14.  How often will the truck be inspected?

A Mobile Food Facility with an annual MFF health permit with the County will be inspected three times per year: one "in-office" inspection and two unannounced field inspections conducted annually.

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15.  When will I receive a letter grade?

A Mobile Food Facility with an annual MFF health permit will be issued a letter grade at the conclusion of each of the two routine field inspections.

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16.  Where do I post the letter grade?

The letter grade will be posted by a DEHS health inspector in a location that is clearly visible to the general public and shall remain in place until the next routine field inspection.

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17.  Does everyone working in the vehicle need to have a Food Worker Certification?

All employees handling food shall have their food worker certification available for review upon inspection.

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18.  Are Food Safety Certificates (Manager Certifications) required for food preparation vehicles?

Yes, at least one person in the vehicle shall have a valid Food Safety Certificate available for review in the vehicle. Only the original version will be permitted.

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