Mobile Food Trucks and Push Carts


Mobile food establishments are a growing trend in Greene County. At a summer event, or at a food truck court, these mobile food trucks must have the essentials to prepare and serve food safely. The Health Department views these mobile food trucks as a kitchen on wheels. As such, they are required to have the same basic equipment as a full-service restaurant.

Mobile Food Trucks and push carts have several requirements.  To make sure your mobile food unit is ready, please review our requirements here.

Pre-operational inspections are scheduled at least 14 days after your application is approved. An inspector will reach out to you to schedule an appointment. These inspections are conducted only on Thursdays from 9am-12pm.

Mobile food permits are valid for 6 months and may be used anywhere in Greene County (provided local zoning allows). We can provide a list of approved vendor sites within the city limits of Springfield.

Permit Fees

The 6-month permit fees for mobile food trucks are separated into 2 categories, based on the type of food and preparation involved with each mobile food truck. 

The permit fees for mobile food establishments are as follows:

  •  High Priority Mobile Food Establishment Permit $131.00
  •  Low Priority Mobile Food Establishment Permit $81.00

In general, high priority establishments will receive 2 unannounced inspections every 6 months and low priority establishments will receive 1 unannounced inspection every 6 months.

Renewal of Mobile Permits

Mail a check or visit our main office to renew your 6-month permit before it expires. (Checks must be mailed before the permit expires.)

If you let your current Mobile Food Permit lapse for 10 days or more before you renew, you will be required to complete the permit process again.

Make checks payable to ’City of Springfield’ to:
Springfield-Greene County Health Department 
Attn: Food Inspections
227 E Chestnut Expwy Springfield, MO 65802

Other Requirements

  • To ensure your mobile food truck or push cart meet Fire Code standards, please contact the Springfield Fire Department at (417) 874-2300.
  • To ensure your mobile food truck or push cart complies with the Clean Water Services, please contact the Fats, Oils, Grease program at (417) 864-1923. 
  • To get a mobile vendor site approved within the city limits of Springfield, contact Building Development Services at (417) 864-1059.