Prepare your mobile food vendor permit application

Apply for a mobile food vendor operational permit in person.

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  1. Gather documents and fees.

    For both unrestricted and restricted permits, you’ll need the following documents and applications:

    • A completed Mobile food vendor: Operational permit applicationopen_in_new (PDF, 125 KB). This includes the following documents:
      • Notarized agreement with a registered central preparation facility (CPF) for City of Austin applicants (not required for Travis County)
      • CPF certification form for any CPFs located outside Austin city limits or Travis County
      • Mobile food vendor itinerary sheet
      • Mobile retail restroom facility agreement for City of Austin applicants (not required for Travis County)
    • An active sales and use tax ID number, unless you’re only applying for a Travis County permit.
    • A clear copy of a current and valid government-issued photo identification card for all applicants, including the business owner and any responsible parties.
    • The name and date of birth of the certified food manager for the mobile food unit. As part of any new permit application, the food manager certificate must be registered with the City of Austin.
    • All applicable fees and appropriate paymentopen_in_new.

  2. Bring your application and documents to the Environmental Health Services Division office.

    Mobile food vendors can submit their operational permit applications at Austin Public Health’s Environmental Health Services Division office only on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:45 am to 11:00 am.

    Generally, you’ll wait less time after you arrive if you have your application ready for review. Incomplete applications are not accepted, so make sure yours is complete before you go. If you have any questions or need help filling out the application, call the Environmental Health office at (512) 978-0300.

    Environmental Health Services Division

    1520 Rutherford Lane, East entranceBuilding 1, Austin, Texas 78754


Review the refund policy

City of Austin and contracted municipalities

If you submitted an application for an operational permit within the City of Austin and contracted municipalities, but did not receive a permit because it was denied, you may be eligible for a refund of the permit fee. However, after an application has been processed, the application fee is non-refundable. The fire inspection fee is also non-refundable. There is no prorating, meaning if you get a permit for the full year but only use it for the summer, no portion of the permit’s fee is refundable.

To receive a permit fee refund, email the Environmental Health Services Division at to ask for a refund request form. Fill it out, sign, scan, and email it to the same address. You can request a refund for any reason.

Travis County

Applications submitted for operation within Travis County are not eligible for a fee refund.


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