New Permits & Change of Ownership

Equipment modifications or remodeling to the MFF may require Plan Check review
*please see Newly Constructed or Remodeled MFFs  for additional information.

To obtain a permit to operate for a Mobile Food Facility (MFF) with DEH that has been previously permitted by an Environmental Health jurisdiction in the State of California, you must submit the following documents prior to scheduling an inspection (Incomplete application submittals will not be accepted):

  1. Completed and signed MFF Application Packet
    1. If overnight parking is not at a food facility, complete MFF Storage Agreement. Only CMFOs may be stored at a private home upon completing CMFO Self-Certification Checklist and approval. 
  2. Permit application fee of $435.00 (non-refundable, non-transferable)

  3. Menu (include ingredients)

  4. Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  5. DMV Registration (push carts may be exempt) 
  6. Route Location Sheet
  7. Occupied Vehicles:  A State of California Department of Housing and Community Development Insignia is required. Provide proof of insignia either with picture or official inspection report from HCD.
    1. Contact HCD at (916) 255-2501 if unable to locate insignia on vehicle or to obtain an inspection. Click here to access the HCD Insignia Application for replacement
      HCD Insignia
  8. For MFFs previously permitted by a Environmental Health jurisdiction in another county or city in California:  A copy of the last inspection report or Permit to Operate issued from the agency (NOTE: The inspection report and/or permit to operate must include the Vehicle Identification Number or License plate number).

Please allow adequate time to review prior to starting operation.  The review process, inspection and approval can take up to 20 business days.

Annual permit fees:


Program Element


Mobile Food Facility – No Food Prep



Mobile Food Facility – Limited Food Prep



Mobile Food Facility – Full Food Prep



Please note: New permit applications or change of ownership requests expire within 90 days from submittal. Our transaction hours for submittals or payments are Monday through Friday, 7:30 am – 4:15 pm. If you are more than 15 minutes late to your scheduled inspection, you may be asked to reschedule. Please be prepared to wait in the event the inspection prior to your appointment runs longer than expected. Inspections are subject to change.

County of Santa Clara
Department of Environmental Health
1555 Berger Drive
Bldg. 2, Suite #300
San Jose, CA  95112
(408) 918-1908
[email protected]

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