Mobile Food Establishments

Who needs a Mobile Food Establishment Permit?

A food service business that sells food from a movable vehicle (like a truck), a portable structure (like a trailer with wheels), or a pushcart.

Who does NOT need a Mobile Food Establishment Permit?

  • Cottage law: anyone in the state Missouri preparing non-potentially hazardous foods in their home for sale to the end consumer.

    Cottage law foods may not be sold from a mobile food establishment

We require businesses to have a food permit as explained in Chapter 58, Article II Food and Food Establishments, Sec. 58-53 of the Springfield City Code.

Food permits are NOT transferable from one owner to the next.

All mobile unit applicants must follow these steps to become permitted:

  1. Application and Pre-Screen: 
    • Submit your application.
    • An inspector will review the application, menu, and food processes to determine your priority, frequency of inspection, and permit fee.
    • Applications must be submitted 10 days prior to receiving the pre-opening Inspection outlined in Step 3.
  2. Pay Permit Fee:
    • The six-month permit fee for the mobile food establishment permit is separated into two categories:
      • High Priority Mobile Food Establishment Permit $154
      • Low Priority Mobile Food Establishment Permit $97
    • There are several ways to pay: online, in person or by mail 
  3. Pre-Opening Inspection:
    • After the application is received and the permit fee is paid an inspector will schedule the pre-opening inspection.
    • The inspection will take with place at 320 E. Central. 
    • The pre-operational inspection will be conducted only on Thursdays between 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. The inspection is done in cooperation with Springfield Fire Department (417-874-2349) and Environmental Clean Water Services (417-864-1920) .   
  4. Issue Permit:
    • The food establishment permit will be issued after pre-opening inspection.
    • Mobile Food Establishment permits are valid for 6 months.
    • Establishments must comply with all local and county regulations that apply.
  5. Renew Permit: 
    • Permit renewal notice will be sent out by e-mail prior to expiration.
    • If permit expires the full permitting process must be started again.

Downloads and resources

  1. Core SOP Examples
  2. Posters
  3. Definitions
  4. Application Process
  5. Servicing Areas
  6. Construction
  7. Food Safety