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Mobile Food Program

Program Guidelines/Forms

The Office of Mobile Food Program is responsible for issuing permits, conducting inspections, investigating citizen complaints, investigating food-borne illnesses, providing consultation and customer service for the following types of operations:

MOBILE FOOD UNIT: means and refers to an enclosed vehicle-mounted food service establishment designated to be readily movable from which food is composed, compounded, processed or prepared and from which food is vended, sold or given away.

PUSHCART: means a vehicle designated to be readily movable that is limited to the serving of non-potentially hazardous foods, drinks, or individually commercially packaged potentially hazardous foods (time/temperature control for safety foods) maintained at proper temperatures, or limited to the assembling and serving of frankfurters. Unpackaged non-potentially hazardous food items approved for sale or dispensed from a pushcart shall be limited to popcorn, nuts, pretzels, and similar bakery products, shaved ice, snow cones, Italian ice, and non-potentially hazardous drinks.

FOOD PEDDLER: means and refers to a retail food establishment operating from a vehicle designated to be readily movable from which properly labeled non-potentially hazardous foods or packaged potentially hazardous foods held at proper temperatures, frozen, or canned prepared food which is wrapped, packaged, portioned, kept in ready-to-eat units or raw fruits and vegetables are vended, sold, or given away but in which establishment the food is not composed, compounded, thawed, reheated, cut, cooked, processed or prepared. Food peddlers may dispense soda fountain drinks, hot drinks, and assemble snow cones from approved and properly installed equipment.

VENDING MACHINE: means a self-service device that, upon insertion of a coin, paper currency, token, card, or key, or by optional manual operation, dispenses unit servings of food in bulk or in packages without the necessity of replenishing the device between each vending operation. [Please note that machines vending non-potentially hazardous food (i.e. packaged candy bars, chips), canned or bottled beverages, and machines operated and maintained as a part of, and on the premises of, and under the control of the holder of an eating and drinking food establishment permit, are exempt from the requirement to obtain a vending machine permit).

MOBILE PET GROOMER: means and refers to an enclosed vehicle-mounted mobile pet groomer and or shop establishment designated to be readily movable from which animals or birds are kept for sale or giveaway, bathed, groomed or treated for vermin.

General Information

The information in this Website contains the complete application package and guidelines for permitting and operating a Mobile Food Establishment in Maricopa County.

You will find extensive information here and all of it is needed to review your application in a timely manner. Remember, the more thorough your package, the faster the approval.

We are asking your assistance in making sure your plan and application are approved as quickly as possible. In order for us to process applications quickly, please ensure that the application is filled out completely and accurately and that all pertinent information outlined in the mobile food guidelines is included in the plan submission.

We hope the information on this Website will assist you in the process. If, after reading the information, you have any further questions, please call our office at (602) 506-6872.

Plan Review Requirements
Plan submittal is required for Mobile Food Units, Pushcarts, Mobile Pet Groomers and PHF* Vending Machines that have not been permitted for more than three years or are newly constructed. Before designing your facility/unit and submitting your Plan Review Application, you should read the Maricopa County Health Code. Questions concerning mobile food plans and construction requirements can be directed to (602) 506-6872. *(Potentially Hazardous Foods)

Office Inspection Hours
Our office is open for business Monday through Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Please note that mobile food inspections are only conducted Monday through Friday 12:00pm - 5:00pm or by appointment. The office will be closed on holidays.

Maricopa County Environmental Services Department
Mobile Food Program
1645 E. Roosevelt Street
Phoenix, AZ 85006

We are located at SOUTHEAST corner of 16th Street and Roosevelt Street in Phoenix, Arizona.

Office: (602) 506-6872
Fax: (602) 372-6043

Complaint Hotline: (602) 506-6616

Thank you for helping us to serve you better!