Food Trucks & Trailers

New law requires L&I inspections

A new law that went into effect June 21, 2016, requires L&I to inspect all food trucks. Previously, food trucks used outside Washington for six months or more were generally exempt from state standards. The new law, SHB 2443, removes the exemption. See information about the Vendor and Mobile Medical Unit Advisory Committee.

Check To See If You Have a Food Truck

Does your food truck or trailer require an L&I inspection? If it does, you must get the inspection done before you start your food truck business. First, answer Yes or No to the following questions:

  • Will you sell food or other items from the truck/trailer at temporary sites?
  • Is the truck/trailer licensed as a vehicle?
  • Do people work inside?
  • Do customers stand on the outside (and not go inside)?
  • Does it have at least one of the following:
    • Electrical system 120v or greater.
    • Water or drain system.
    • Propane gas piping system.
  • Is the truck/trailer no more than 8.5 feet wide?

If you answered "Yes" to all the questions above, you have a food truck or trailer. Check to see if you must submit plans Go to Step 2.

If you answered "No" to any of the questions, you may have another type of unit that may require L&I approval. For example:

Note: Be sure to check with all local building departments where you plan to use your unit. Some building departments may not allow the use of food trucks / trailers in their jurisdiction. You may be required to have a commercial coach in that jurisdiction. View additional information about operating a mobile food business in Seattle (www.growseattle.com).

Step 2 - see if you need to submit plans

 

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