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Mobile Food Establishments include food carts, trailers, and trucks as well as food kiosks. Before constructing, remodeling, or changing ownership; mobile food establishment owners must submit plans for review and approval.

Step 1: Mobile food service plan guide

Checklists covering every area of your business.
  • Plan review process for mobile food service operation
    The Mobile Food Service Plan Guide is tailored for establishments which serve food from food vehicles, espresso carts and kiosks. It includes a checklist of items you will need to review and include in your final plans to ensure that you've covered every area of your food business.

Step 2: Mobile plan review application

Submit an application for a Plans Examiner to review the proposed plan for your business.

Once you complete your final plans of how your establishment will be set up for business according to the Plan Guide in Step 1, you will need to submit them for review along with the Plan Review Application.

Step 3: Mobile food service permit application

After your business plan has been approved by a Plans Examiner in Step 2, the final step is to apply for a mobile food service business permit.

Plans Examiners

Contact a Plans Examiner for questions about Food Service Plans ONLY. Plans Examiners cannot respond to questions about Temporary Event Permits or Farmers Markets. Contact the Plans Examiner serving the area of King County where your mobile food establishment is located as noted below.

For businesses located within the cities of Burien, Seattle, Mercer Island, Shoreline, Vashon Island, and Unincorporated King County (Skyway and White Center only):

  • Pat Murphy: 206-263-8484 or 206-263-9566
  • John Shin: 206-263-8531 or 206-263-9566

For businesses located elsewhere in King County (cities not listed above) and in Unincorporated King County, please contact:

  • Mike Bratcher: 206-477-8144 or 206-477-8050
  • Diane Agasid: 206-263-2157 or 206-477-8050

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