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.
For information, please the Fire Marshal office at (843) 740-2622.
International Fire Code:
The 2018 International Fire Code (IFC) includes regulations for mobile food vendors and has been mandated for statewide adoption on January 1, 2020. A Mobile Food Vendor Self-Survey has been created to assist you with achieving and maintaining compliance with some of the common issues impacting mobile vendors. Some of the significant changes contained within the latest edition of the code include:
- Operations that produce grease-laden vapors will require the installation of an exhaust hood that is protected by an automatic fire extinguishing system.
- LP-gas alarms will be required in vehicles near LP-gas components.
- Fuel gas systems shall be inspected annually by an approved inspection agency. Once the inspection takes place and passed, a sticker must be placed on the gas system indicating the name of the inspection agency and the date the satisfactory inspection took place.
Interested vendors should be complete the fire permit application for Mobile Food Vendors and attach all the requested documentation. Our goal is to process the application within approximately 10 business days and then schedule your inspection.
The Mobile Food Vendor operational permit is intended to assist the vendor in conducting a safe operation while achieving compliance with the International Fire Code. Inspections will be conducted as part of the initial Mobile Food Vendor operational permit application and then each year the vendor continues their permit. A new operational permit application and permit is required at the beginning of each year. Permitted vehicles are subject to inspection at any time the vehicle is operating.
Upon successful inspection the operational permit sticker will be affixed to the vehicle by the inspector and must remain visible. Additionally, the vendor must acquire and post their City Business License (CBL) and maintain the documentation outlined on the application during all hours of operation.
Operational permits will be issued at the beginning of each year and may be revoked prior to the expiration date. It is the responsibility of the mobile food truck operator to renew the permit.