A mobile food cart is a food service operation that serves a limited menu - usually hot dogs - from a small open-air push cart. Based on their limited facilities, mobile food carts only serve foods or beverages requiring minimal handling on site. Mobile food carts must also return to an approved commissary at least once every 24 hours, such as a licensed food service establishment.
Although each operation is unique, there are some basic items that are required for permanent outdoor food service like mobile carts. Read more in this helpful document.
If you have any questions, please contact Washtenaw County Environmental Health at 734-222-3800. We are more than happy to help guide you through this process! In addition, there are a lot of online resources available to help you. Restaurants in Michigan are regulated under the Michigan Food Law of 2000 and the Michigan Modified Food Code. Becoming familiar with these requirements is an essential part of your operation.