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Mobile Food Vendor Application for Fire Permit

2023 Update

To align the Mobile Food Vending permits issued by the North Charleston Fire Department with the business license issued by the City of North Charleston, all 2022 Mobile Food Vending permits (decals) will not expire until April 30, 2023. A mobile food vending permit shall be issued for the twelve months from May 1 to April 30. Permits for New Mobile Food Vending Units obtained after May 1 will still expire on April 30 and will not be prorated.

Mobile food vendor permits must be renewed once a year by April 30. We recommend you begin the renewal process 60 days before the expiration date. We will start accepting renewals on February 15, 2023, for 2023 – 2024. Renewing early doesn’t cost you, but renewing late does. Permits have a fixed expiration day and validity period, so you won’t lose time. Late renewals may be charged a late fee. Also, if your permit expires, you can’t legally sell from the mobile unit until you get it renewed, which causes downtime for your business.

Additional information will be provided in later January.



Mobile food vendors have grown in popularity and have become a routine attraction at special events and local venues.  Our goal is to ensure these operations are conducted in a safe manner to help ensure the continued operation of the business while reducing potential hazards that may threaten public safety.  Routine inspections will be conducted for mobile food vendors to identify and eliminate basic fire hazards, educate vendors on potential hazards, while promoting a safe and livable community.

If you are a citizen or business looking for mobile food vendors that have completed our process, please click Approved Mobile Food Vendors.


Mobile food vendor fire permits are authorized for one calendar year and must be renewed every year to continue to operate in the City of North Charleston. (Example: Mobile Food Vendor Fire Permit received in June 2021 will expire January 1, 2022)

Mobile food vendors who want to operate in the City of North Charleston should complete a Mobile Food Vendor (MFV) Fire Permit Application. Part One of  the MVF Fire Permit Application requests details regarding the mobile food operation and contact information. Part Two of the MVF Fire Permit Application includes attaching required documents.

Required documents include:

  1. City of North Charleston Business License
  2. DHEC inspection documentation
  3. Hood cleaning report (if applicable)
  4. Hood suppression semi-annual inspection or maintenance report (if applicable)
  5. Fire extinguisher annual maintenance documentation
  6. Photos of all exterior sides of the vehicle
  7. Photos of the interior cooking area
  8. Mobile Food Vending Pre-Check List
  9. LP-Gas certification paperwork

Once the application is complete and has been submitted, the MFV application will be processed within 10 business days. The MFV applicant will be contacted to schedule a final inspection and receive the MFV fire permit decal.

For additional information, please the Fire Marshal office at (843) 740-2622.