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Environmental Health

Mobile Food Facility - Plan Review Procedure

The following procedures are required to process and approve (mobile) food facility plans as well as to obtain final approval to open for business:

Button black square The plans must include sufficient information to demonstrate compliance with the minimum requirements of the California Retail Food Code [CRFC].

Button black square The vehicle will need to meet state requirements and to be inspected and certified by the State Department of Housing and Community Development (916-255-2501).

Button black square Plans may be prepared by an architect, draftsman, designer, contractor or owner. All plans must be drawn in a concise, detailed and professional manner. Inadequate plans will be rejected.

  • Items to be submitted to begin the plan review process:
    • A minimum of two (2) sets of detailed plans and equipment specifications
    • A complete food permit application (attached)
    • A complete business plan (include a copy of the menu)
    • A minimum plan check fee for the initial hour

Button black square Plan check fees are calculated on a per hour basis. Your total plan-check review fee will be due prior to final approval of plans. The plan-check fee will also include a preliminary construction inspection and a pre-opening inspection.

  •  A written contract between you and an approved commissary stating that the commissary facilities will be available to you for the daily cleaning and maintenance of the vehicle and the equipment to be used. Any food product should also be stored at the commissary. (Verification of Commissary Form)

Button black square Upon plan approval, one set of approved plans will be available for your files. The second set of approved plans will be kept on file by the Environmental Health Division.

Button black square If any changes on the approved plans are desired, revised plans shall be submitted for review and approval prior to construction.

Button black square The food facility shall not open for business until final approval is obtained from the El Dorado Environmental Health Division and a valid Food Facility Permit is issued. Call your Environmental Health Specialist at least 48 hours in advance for inspection appointment(s).


The minimum requirements for (Mobile) Food Facility plans include the following:

Plans shall be drawn to scale (the recommended scale is 1/4 inch = I foot), and shall include the following:

  • Name and address of the food facility
  • Name, mailing address, and telephone number of owner, contractor, and contact person
  • Floor plan of entire vehicle
  • Floor plan showing equipment layout including:
    • Complete equipment checklist, including the methods of installation if necessary
    • Equipment specification sheets
  • Plumbing layout, including the size and location of the potable and waste water containers.
  • Electrical layout (including lighting schedule)
  • Exhaust hood ventilation and make-up air systems design
  • Room finish schedule for floors, base (coving), walls, and ceiling that indicates the type of material, the color and the surface finish for each room or area. Give specific brand names and colors. Samples or specifications of proposed finish material may be required.

After plan approval and construction, including finishing work, please contact me at least 48 hours in advance to arrange for a final pre-opening inspection. Prior to opening for business, final construction must be approved, and plan review fees an annual food facility health permit must be paid.