Mobile & Temporary Food Vendors

The application for the type of permit sought will list the information required for us to review.  Submit completed applications with supporting documentation to Health & Food Safety. Please note that submissions must be received a minimum of 10 business days prior to the event to be considered.

Mobile Food Units


Mobile food units are defined as a vehicle mounted food establishment designed to be readily movable. Mobile food units typically move from point of sale to point of sale, not stationary in any location for greater than 15 minutes. Mobile food units that wish to operate as a 'Food Truck' (below) may submit for that permit separately. Mobile Food units may not operate in city parks. Mobile food units that have passed inspection display the following documentation. Mobile units without this documentation are not approved to sell food in the City of Frisco:

  • On the outside, 1, 4 X 6 inch sticker with the Frisco logo and permit expiration date
  • On the inside, 1, 8 x 11 inch Health Permit placard displaying the last six digits of the vehicle ID # and the permit expiration date
Permit fees:
  • Unit with kitchen on the vehicle (hot truck) is $400
  • Unit without kitchen on the vehicle (cold truck) is $300

Food Trucks


A Food Truck is defined as a mobile food unit that is permitted to operate at an approved location for a period of time exceeding fifteen (15) minutes.  Locations are pre-approved and separate permits must be obtained for each location sought. Permits are valid for six (6) months and permit fee per location is $200.  Food Trucks may not operate in city parks. A Food Truck that wants to operate as a Mobile Food Unit (above) may submit for that permit separately. 

Mobile Food Vendor


Mobile food vendors are defined as any person (or persons) who operates or sells food from a stationary cart, or trailer mounted on chassis, but without an engine for a period of 15 days or greater per year. Mobile food vendors who operate for 14 days or less shall be considered temporary food establishments, as defined by the Health Ordinance as it exists or may be amended. Mobile food vendors must comply with the Mobile Vendor Ordinance and the Health Ordinance. Permits are valid for one (1) year and permit fee per location is $400.

Mobile food vendors must only operate at a specific location within the same operation hours as the business on the same lot that has a Certificate of Occupancy. Outside of the business operation hours, the mobile food vending unit must be removed or stored away. Mobile food vendors may not operate within city parks. The Parks & Recreation Department may approve use of existing concession facilities on a temporary basis and a temporary health permit must be submitted for review. Please see "Mobile Vendor Ordinance."


Temporary Food Establishments (Temporary Event Vendors)


Temporary food establishments are defined as a food establishment that operates for a period of no more than 14 consecutive days in conjunction with a single event or celebration. Temporary food establishments must obtain a permit from Health & Food Safety, applying no later than ten (10) business days prior to the event or celebration. Applications received within the the ten (10) day requirement will be assessed a late fee of $50.00. Temporary Food Establishments may be limited to serving only food items that are defined as lower-risk. The permit fee is $50 for each event or celebration sought.

Short-Term Merchants


Short - Term Merchants are defined as a food establishment that operates for a period of time (0 - 6 months or 6 – 12 months) in approved location. Short - Term Merchant must obtain a permit from Health & Food Safety, applying no later than ten (10) business days prior to the event or celebration. Applications received within the ten (10) day requirement will be assessed a late fee of $50.00. 

Application Information & Related Documents