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Public Health - Seattle & King County

3-Step Plan Review process for mobile food establishments

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.

Follow the steps below for the 3-Step Plan Review process to obtain your mobile food business permit:

Plan Review process Step 1 Mobile Food Service Plan Guide
Checklists covering every area of your business
Plan Review process 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.

Plan Review process 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
Food worker card
  • Food Worker Card
    All employees of a mobile food establishment are required to obtain a Washington State Food Worker Card. You can take the class and test conveniently online or go to any of our in-person classes.
Additional resources
Plans Examiners

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