Mobile Food Units
The Environmental Health program is responsible for issuing foodservice permits, conducting inspections, investigating foodborne illness and other complaints, and providing consultations for mobile food units operating in Cumberland County. Mobile food unit operations include food service businesses that operate from any vehicle that is self-propelled, or can be pulled or pushed down a sidewalk, street, highway or waterway, on which food is prepared, processed or converted, or which is used in selling and dispensing food to the end consumer.
Mobile food units must operate from an approved restaurant or *commissary. Mobile food units use a commissary to conduct any food preparation activities such as food washing, thawing, cooking, cooling, and reheating and utensil washing.
Food Commissaries provide support operations for mobile food unit operations. Cumberland County's Environmental Health Program permits and inspects these operations. Commissaries must comply with restaurant licensing regulations to assure the safety of food products.
Defining a Mobile Food Unit
- Any vehicle that is self-propelled or that can be pulled or push down a sidewalk, street, highway or waterway.
- On which food is prepared, processed or converted, or which is used in selling and dispensing food to customers.
- Must be capable of being mobile at all times during operation.
- Wheels may not be removed from the unit at the operating location.
Most mobile food units require a Commissary for rapidly cooling foods, food washing, overnight storage and dishwashing facilities.
A pushcart is a mobile food unit that is designed to readily move and vend food.
All mobile food units must go through a plan review process prior to issuance of food service permit.