06/05/19 - New Fire Code for Mobile Food is Here

An official policy change petition has been filed by our state's building code council for adoption of the 2018 International Fire Code.  This will add code: WAC 51-54A-0319: Mobile food preparation vehicles. New section: 319.1 General. Mobile food preparation vehicles that are equipped with appliances that produce smoke or grease-laden vapors or utilize LP-gas systems or CNG systems shall comply with this system. 105.6.30 Mobile food preparation vehicles, a permit is required for mobile preparation vehicles equipped with appliances that produce smoke or grease-laden vapors or utilize LP-gas systems or CNG systems. WAC 51-54A-008- Implementation.   The Date of Intended Adoption: July 26, 2019  
The International Fire Code adopted by chapter 51-54A WAC shall become effective in all counties and cities of this state on July 1, 2020. Find the 2018 Fire Code here (section 319): https://codes.iccsafe.org/content/IFC2018/CHAPTER-3-GENERAL-REQUIREMENTS Vendors can email us for a copy of what will be required of you in Washington state.

04/24- Food Truck Lobby Day 2019!

The second Food Truck Lobby Day was held at our state capitol on Wednesday, where the weather turned out to be perfect. Each of the 16-trucks had a sign indicating the district they were there to represent, a great feature commented on by most in attendance. The trucks served over 3,000 people and at least 28-legislators are on camera enjoying their street-food. Also in attendance was the Governor, who was particularly interested in our 2-featured vendors; Transitions 2 Earth who was there to educate people on compostables and other green cutlery options and the University of Washington’s Engineering students partnered with Seattle City Light to display their Capstone Project of desgining Seattle’s first all -electric food truck.

04/19/2019 - Food Truck Senate Bill Passes 95-0!

A new bill introduced into the 2019 State Legislature. Senate Bill 5218, will now make vending across county lines significantly more cost effective and efficient for mobile food vendors.

Currently, a Plan Review has an average one-time fee of ($500 - $860 per jurisdiction), and the requirements are found in our state food code.  Additional costs to the vendor are incurred due to the time required to complete the lengthy application, travel to the inspection location, as well as potential opportunity costs from being unable to vend during the part of the day required for the inspection.  After the Plan Review has been completed and approved, which can take between 4 - 8 weeks, the mobile food vendor then applies for the Annual Operating Permit ($725 - $1,750 per year, per jurisdiction).   

The passing of this bill, will result in a positive fiscal impact to mobile food vendors due to a reduction in plan review fees. It will also eliminate the costs associated with travel time and opportunity costs incurred while obtaining the Plan Review approvals in neighboring local health jurisdictions, in most cases, it will eliminate the need to maintain commissary kitchens in other jurisdictions ($1,000 to $2,000 per month, in each jurisdiction) and it will benefit event organizers, by creating a larger pool of mobile food vendors who can more readily cross county lines.


04/19/2019- KC Health Releases Commissary Kitchen Exemption Form

HB 2639 passed in 2018 gave mobile vending operators the right to request an exemption from the commissary kitchen requirement if their mobile could meet specific requirements and there is now a form to submit to make this request in King County. Mobile vending units must:

  1. contain all equipment and utensils needed for complete onboard preparation of an approved menu,

  2. Unit is protected from environmental contamination when not in use,

  3. All required food temperatures are maintained during storage, preparation, service, and transit,

  4. Unit must have a dedicated hand wash station to permit frequent hand washing at all times,

  5. must have an adequate water capacity and ware washing facilities to clean all multi-use utensils as specified by WAC 246-215.

  6. Adequate space in the mobile unit must be provided for cleaning and sanitizing tools,

  7. All food, water, and ice is prepared on board or obtained from an approved source,

  8. Wastewater and garbage will be sanitarily removed from the unit following an approved written plan or by a licensed service provider,

  9. Local health officer approves the menu and plan of operations for the unit.