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Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Mobile Food Vendors

Mobile food vendors are individuals selling foods (other than fresh fruits and vegetables) from trucks, trailers or similar self-propelled conveyances, or non-fixed structures such as tables, booths or kiosks.

Mobile Food Vendors Regulated by FDACS

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) regulates mobile food vendors who sell only prepackaged foods or non-potentially hazardous food items, including:

  • Foods that are not temperature controlled for safety, including ice confections, coffee, tea, soft drinks, pastry products, popcorn and candies;
  • Raw fish products that include no processing on site; and
  • Fresh-squeezed juice meeting specific requirements.

Licensing Requirements

For a summary of regulations, see our Mobile Food Permit Requirements [ Adobe PDF Document 459.57 KB ].

Commissary Letter of Agreement

A commissary is an approved facility (such as a catering operation, restaurant or grocery store) that provides support services for a mobile food establishment, including storage of food and other supplies.

If you are selling only prepackaged non-potentially hazardous food (cookies, crackers, potato chips, etc.) from your mobile food establishment, a commissary may not be required.

All other mobile food vendors must complete a Commissary Letter of Agreement [ Adobe PDF Document 91.54 KB ].

If you plan to process or prepare food at a commissary, you are required to obtain a food establishment permit.

The Commissary Letter of Agreement is to be submitted at your initial opening inspection.

Mobile Food Vendors Regulated by Other Agencies

Full Service Mobile Food Dispensing Vehicles that process or prepare potentially hazardous foods, such as hot dogs and hamburgers, within the mobile unit should contact the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation at (850) 487-1395.

Mobile food establishments that operate on institutional property that is licensed and regulated as a food service establishment by the Florida Department of Health (DOH), including schools, universities, nursing homes, etc., should contact DOH at (850) 245-4250.