Mobile Food


The 2021 Texas Food Establishment rules defines a mobile food unit (MFU) as a vehicle mounted, self or otherwise propelled, self-contained food service operation, designed to be readily movable (including catering trucks, trailers, push carts, and roadside vendors) and used and used to store, prepare, display, serve or sell food. A MFU must completely retain their mobility at all times. A MFU does not include a stand or a booth.  A roadside food vendor is classified as an MFU.

House Bill 2878, passed by the Texas State Legislature, became effective on September 1, 2023. As a result of this bill, Mobile Food Unit (MFU) operators will no longer be required to be permitted in each individual city within Dallas County. MFU operators must obtain a permit from Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) Environmental Health. DCHHS will begin permitting mobile food units (MFUs) by appointment only. Any vendor seeking a permit must schedule an appointment.

 A MFU permit issued by Dallas County is for Health and Safety inspection only. All MFUs must now comply with the Fire and Safety inspection requirements for the cities they plan to operate. This is a new requirement for MFU that have operated in Garland. MFUs must provide proof of completed Fire and Safety Inspection(s) at the time of inspection by Dallas County.  Please contact the Garland Fire Department for your fire inspection at 972-781-7148.  

A MFU permit issued by Dallas County does not exempt MFUs from local municipal laws. All MFUs must comply with any applicable municipal zoning, parking, noise, and/or other ordinances.

More information, including the application packet and fee schedule, is available here: DCHHS | Environmental Health Division ( or call 214-819-2115.