Whether you have a successful restaurant or are just getting into the food business, operating a food truck is a unique trade. There are clear cut ways to stay in business, but there are also items that might not be as obvious.
The first step to keeping your serving window open is gathering the proper permits and paperwork. If you are new to the mobile kitchen arena you may not realize that you can not park your truck just anywhere—most cities regulate this! To avoid any legal issues, check with your city or county to understand what they allow or require you to do to stay in regulation. Some cities may have specific areas you can park, certain times may be restricted, or it can depend on what you are serving from your truck!
Along with checking with your city and county, it is necessary to stay in compliance with your local health department. Complying with the health department regulations is an extremely simple way to ensure you can continue serving food. Health inspections need to be done once a year and everyone that works in the kitchen needs to have a food handler permit that is typically renewed every four years, but again, check with your local regulations! Following proper cleaning and hygiene procedures will assist in passing the scheduled inspection and any surprise drop-ins from the health department.
Another aspect to keep your truck moving is obtaining the proper driver’s license. When a truck surpasses 26,000 pounds a commercial driver’s license is necessary. If you are towing a trailer that is less than 10,000 pounds a Class B CDL is needed however if the trailer in tow is over 10,000 pounds than a Class A CDL will be mandatory. If your food truck is under these weight limits than there is no need to worry about obtaining a special license for your vehicle.
We hope that we brought light to some aspects of owning a food truck or trailer that will help keep your food truck out of deep waters right off the bat! If you have any more questions or are ready to start the design process fill out our contact form here!