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:
- City of North Charleston Business License
- DHEC inspection documentation
- Hood cleaning report (if applicable)
- Hood suppression semi-annual inspection or maintenance report (if applicable)
- Fire extinguisher annual maintenance documentation
- Photos of all exterior sides of the vehicle
- Photos of the interior cooking area
- Mobile Food Vendors Fire Safety Self-Survey
- 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.