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Mobile Food Unit (MFU) Inspections

Dallas County Health and Human Services - 2377 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75207
Telephone: 214-819-2000

Starting September 1, 2023, Dallas County Health and Human Services Environmental Health will begin permitting mobile food units (MFUs) by appointment only. Any vendor seeking a permit must schedule an appointment.

House Bill #2878 was passed by the Texas State Legislature and is effective on September 1, 2023. MFU operators will no longer be required to be permitted in each individual city within Dallas County. MFUs must obtain a permit from Dallas County Health and Human Services Environmental Health.


A MFU permit issued by Dallas County is for Health and Safety inspection only. MFUs must comply with the Fire and Safety inspection requirements for the cities and/or unincorporated area that they plan to operate. MFUs must provide proof of completed Fire and Safety Inspection(s) at the time of inspection.

A MFU permit issued by Dallas County DOES NOT exempt MFUs from local municipal laws and/or unincorporated area regulations. All MFUs must comply with any applicable municipal and/or unincorporated area zoning, parking, and/or other ordinances/regulations, as applicable.


2121 Panoramic Circle
Dallas, TX 75212


Tuesday - Friday:  8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (except for court approved holidays)

3 STEPS for Mobile Food Unit Inspections

  1. Download the application packet, complete it, and print the packet.
  2. Once you have the necessary items listed in the Mobile Food Unit Checklist, call our office at (214) 819-2115 to schedule an appointment.
  3. Bring all necessary items listed in the Mobile Food Unit Checklist to your scheduled appointment. Another appointment will be required if the checklist is not complete, and/or you are missing any item on the list.

Payment will require input of permit number issued onsite at the time of inspection.


Inspection Location

Mobile food unit inspections are available Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. (except for court approved holidays), at:

2121 Panoramic Circle
Dallas, TX 75212

Mobile Food Unit Definition

According to Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER), a Mobile Food Unit (MFU) is a vehicle mounted, self or otherwise propelled, self-contained food service operation, designed to be readily moveable (including, but not limited to catering trucks, trailers, push carts, and roadside vendors) and used to store, prepare, display, serve or sell food. Mobile units must completely retain their mobility at all times. A Mobile Food Unit does not mean a stand or a booth. A roadside food vendor and pushcart may be licensed as MFUs. These special provisions, along with TFER references, shall be met before operating.

Mobile Truck

Mobile Truck Photo


Pushcart Photo

Roadside Vendor

Roadside Vendor Photo



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