This program ensures proper food safety at all mobile food establishments, such as food trailers, motor vehicles, pushcarts, and kiosks.

Beginning in October 2021, Environmental Health Services Division will be updating the process to schedule application review appointments using a new software called Microsoft Bookings. Mobile Food Vendors will be able to schedule, reschedule, and cancel their own application review appointments. These appointments are used for new mobile vending units and mobile vending units completing their annual permit renewal. Once Bookings is ready to use, this webpage will be updated with the hyperlink. Stay informed as we make improvements!


Mobile application review is by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Mobile food vendor permitting inspections will be scheduled upon completion of your application review and receipt of payment. No walk-ins or same day appointments for either application review or permitting inspections. Appointments can be made up to 45 days before the expiration of your mobile unit permit.


  • Permit to Operate: This approval is required to complete the permitting process. Once approved, the owner will receive a physical permit and permission to operate a Mobile Food Unit. 
  • HACCP/VarianceUse this application to request a variance, allowing your establishment to deviate from the approved standards, and/or submit a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan showing how you will mitigate risks to food safety. 

Appointments are required for Mobile Vending application review and physical permitting inspections.View the inspection procedures here. Appointments are for 30 minutes on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM.

Permit Fee Schedule 

View the Fee Schedule for Austin and Travis County effective October 1, 2020, for all permits and services.

NOTE: All fee schedules dated and posted prior to October 1, 2019 are no longer in effect.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Cottage Food FAQ: View frequently asked questions concerning the cottage food industry. 


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To address a concern or request a second opinion regarding an inspection result or complaint, contact us at 512-978-0300 from 7:45 am to 4:45 pm Monday - Friday.