Mobile Food Facilities are inspected to ensure safe food handling practices, sanitation, and compliance with California Health and Safety Code and Riverside County Ordinances, just like fixed food facilities. Construction inspections, routine inspections, and complaint investigations, including foodborne illness complaints, are conducted. There are five categories of Mobile Food Facility (MFF) that can be permitted:
- Produce Vehicle: A MFF limited to the sale of whole, uncut produce obtained from an approved source.
- Prepackaged Food Push Cart: A MFF limited to the sale of 100% prepackaged foods from non-motorized vehicles, which are obtained from an approved source.
- Prepackaged Food Vehicle: A MFF limited to the sale of 100% prepackaged food from a motorized vehicle. (ex. - ice cream trucks).
- Non-Prepackaged Food Vehicle: A MFF that engages in limited food preparation. (ex. - shaved ice cart or hot dog cart).
- Mobile Food Preparation Unit: A MFF that engages in full food preparation. (ex. - food trucks).
Make sure to contact all relevant City or County agencies BEFORE setting up your MFF business. Laws and ordinances differ within City and County boundaries and may not allow you to sell in certain areas without their own form of approval. (ex. - business license, zoning clearances, fire approval, etc.)
Mobile Food Facility Guidelines - operational and structural information. English --
Mobile Food Facility Checklist
Planning Departments within Riverside County
Food Handler Card Information
Food Manager Certification (coming soon)
Plan Check Application
Written Operational Procedures
List of Laboratories for Water Quality Analysis - Water tank testing is required as part of the annual inspection process for a Mobile Food Facility. A quanti-tray test to show the absence of coliform bacteria will be needed.