Do You Have a Food Truck?

If you have a food truck or trailer, we must inspect it before you start your business. Use this page to determine if you have a food truck or trailer, and follow the steps outlined to get an inspection.

Do you have a food truck?

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.

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.

Need to Submit Plans?

Depending on the equipment you use on your food truck or trailer, you may need to submit plans for approval before scheduling an inspection. Answer the questions below to see if you need to submit plans to us.

Do you need to submit plans?

Answer Yes or No to the following questions.

Do you have:

  • Commercial cooking equipment, such as a deep fryer, stove, or oven, which will require a commercial-grade ventilation hood and — in many cases — a fire suppression system? (This does not include espresso machines and other small, plug-in electrical appliances.)
  • Cooking equipment that uses solid fuels such as wood or charcoal?
  • A propane (or other fuel gas) piping system?
  • An electrical system more than 30 amps, more than 120 volts, or more than 5 circuits?
  • A source of alternate energy such as a photovoltaic system, or fuel cells?
  • A bathroom or other plumbing for bodily waste?
  • Does any individual piece of equipment weigh more than 500 pounds?

If you answered “Yes” to any of the questions, you need to submit plans to L&I and have them approved, before an inspection can take place. See Submit Plans tab.

If you answered “No” to all of the questions, then you do not need to submit plans. You still need an inspection for your vehicle. See Inspection Only tab.

Submit Plans

Follow these steps to submit plans for approval before getting your food truck inspected.

NOTICE: Because of the large number of requests, it can take several months for L&I to review plans. We will notify you if we need more information or if your plans have been approved.

First, download a plan review packet. It has examples of drawings and other information we will need to approve your plan. We will need 2 copies of your plans.

Next, fill out the applications:

Finally, include payment of $133.40 for plan review and insignia. We will notify you to schedule an inspection (see below).

Mail the completed packet to:

Department of Labor & Industries
Factory Assembled Structures
7273 Linderson Way SW
PO Box 44430
Olympia WA 98504-4430

You can also submit your plans at your local L&I office and pay the fee by cash, check, money order, Visa, or Mastercard.

We will notify you to schedule an inspection.

Be ready for the inspection. Use this pre-inspection checklist (F622-072-000) to prepare for the inspection.

Remember: You will still be charged for an inspection even if your truck isn’t ready. Additional fees will be charged if extra inspections are necessary.

Once your truck passes inspection, you will have completed L&I requirements for your food truck.

Inspection Only
Don't need to submit plans? You still need an inspection.

Food trucks need to be inspected to receive an L&I insignia. You need an inspection before starting your food truck business.

NOTICE: It will take about 10 days for L&I to process your application. We will contact you to schedule an inspection.

Follow these steps to get an inspection:

Prepare for your inspection with our Vendor/Medical Conversion Units Pre-Inspection Checklist (F622-072-000) to prepare for the inspection. Note: You will be charged for an inspection if your truck isn't ready. You will be charged additional fees if extra inspections are needed.

First, Application for Insignia Conversion Vendor/Medical Units (F623-021-000). The form indicates you don't need a plan, but still need an inspection to obtain your food truck insignia.

Next, include a payment of $39.10 for the insignia. We will notify you to schedule an inspection (see below).

Mail the completed packet to:

Department of Labor & Industries
Factory Assembled Structures
PO Box 44430
Olympia WA 98504-4430

You can also go to your local L&I office, and pay the fee by cash, check, money order, Visa, or Mastercard.

Once your truck passes inspection, you will have completed L&I requirements for your food truck.

Related Resources

Contact Us

  • FAS1@Lni.wa.gov
  • 1-800-705-1411 Option 3
  • Fax: 360-905-5229

Mailing address

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries
Factory Assembled Structures
PO Box 44430
Olympia WA 98504-4430

Location

7273 Linderson Way SW
Tumwater WA 98501