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Mobile Food Facilities FAQs

1.  What is a Food Truck Event and who can participate?

A "Food Truck Event" is an event other than a community event approved by a local jurisdiction (i.e., cities) where one or more mobile food facilities operate at a designated location to sell or give away food to the public. Anyone approved as a Mobile Food Facility by the County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health Services (DEHS) with a valid health permit may participate.

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2.  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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3.  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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4.  What is the difference between a Food Truck Event and a Community Event?

Simply stated, a food truck event is strictly for mobile food facility participation. No food booths are permitted to participate in a "Food Truck Event." A "Community Event" may include food booth participation.

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5.  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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6.  What are the requirements to become a food truck operator?

  • Plan Review


  • Annual DEHS Health Permit


  • Approved Commissary


  • Monthly Operating Schedule



Please refer to the document �How to Obtain a Health Permit to Operate a Food Preparation Vehicle at a Food Truck Event.�

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7.  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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8.  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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9.  What is the cost for Plan Review?

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

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10.  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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11.  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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12.  What will it cost for an annual health permit?

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

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13.  Can I "roam" City and County streets once I am permitted?

Obtaining a health permit does NOT allow you to roam on County and City streets. The annual health permit only allows you to participate at approved "Food Truck" or "Community Events."

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14.  What is the difference between an annual Temporary Food Facility Permit and a Mobile Food Facility Permit?

A Temporary Food Facility (TFF) permit will allow the operator to be part of a "Community Event" that is set for a specific date and time (e.g. fair, festival, etc.). On the other hand, the Mobile Food Facility (MFF) permit will allow the operator access to both "Community Event" and "Food Truck Event" and the only restrictions will be the ones set by each city jurisdiction on where the Mobile Food Facility can operate.

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15.  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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16.  When does my truck or other Mobile Food Facility require Plan Check Review?

Plan Check Review is required when a Mobile Food Facility operates at approved "Truck Event." However, if a Mobile Food Facility operates ONLY at "Community Events," a Plan Check Review process is not required.

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17.  Can a 3-compartment sink be shared?

At a "Community Event" a 3-comparment sink can be shared with up to 3 other vendors that are within 100 feet of the sink. The sink shall have a capacity to provide 20 gallons of water per day per booth for warewashing.

At a "Food Truck Event" a 3-compartment sink shall not be shared. Every Mobile Food Facility shall provide their own approved 3-compartment sink.

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18.  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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19.  Can I use a commissary in a different county? Where can I find a commissary?

Yes, you are permitted to store your mobile food facility in a commissary outside of San Bernardino County. An Out of County Commissary Form (Form B) shall be completed as part of the application process. An In County Commissary Form (Form A) shall be completed as part of the application process if using a Commissary in San Bernardino County. Please refer to the document �How to Obtain a Health Permit to Operate a Food Preparation Vehicle at a Food Truck Event.�

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

Check with the local jurisdiction for restrictions.

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21.  Can I organize a Food Truck Event on private property? If so, what are the requirements?

Refer to local land use services requirements.

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22.  Where can I find out about approved Food Truck Events?

Contact the local jurisdictions for upcoming Food Truck Events.

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23.  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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24.  How does the health department know when I am participating in a particular event?

If the event is a "Food Truck Event," you are required to submit the Mobile Food Facility Operating Schedule (FORM C) every 30 days as part of the application and permitting process. If the event is a "Community Event," you should be included in the roster provided by the event organizer.

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25.  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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26.  What is the difference between a "Community Event" and a "Food Truck Event" inspection?

A "Community Event" has temporary food facilities that receive an ungraded inspection. TFFs are inspected during community events whether they have annual TFF or one-time permits.

A "Food Truck Event" only has food trucks and these receive a graded inspection. Food trucks with an annual MFF permit can be inspected at "Community Events" or "Food Truck Events."

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27.  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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28.  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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29.  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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30.  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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