The Mobile Food Inspection & Permit Process


Each mobile food unit and commissary must be permitted separately. *Health Permits Are Non-Transferable*

Each mobile food unit must also operate out of a permitted Commissary location with an approved Servicing Area.  This is a pre-requisite for mobile food units.



Opening a Mobile food Business is a two-step process

Step 1 – The Preliminary Plan Review of Your Business

Click here to download the Plan Review Application

  Step 2 - Application for Annual Food Permit.  This application is issued during the preliminary inspection

After the preliminary is completed, the applicant will complete any repairs, fill out the Step 2 permit application and submit any remaining documents necessary to complete the account file at least three business days prior to an expected permitting inspection.  NET Health will then coordinate a time to schedule the permitting inspection for the vehicle in the Environmental Health parking lot located at 815 N. Broadway Ave. Tyler, TX 75702. 

**Important Note**  A permitted Commissary Location is required to be approved and/or permitted for the mobile unit prior to a Step 2 Permitting Inspection to be scheduled. 

Where to go after obtaining an Annual Mobile Food Permit

After a NET Health Mobile Food Unit Permit has been obtained, the mobile food unit is approved to serve food anywhere in NET Health jurisdiction (all of Smith County and all of the City Limits of Bullard).  It is crucial that the mobile food unit go to each city hall and seek approval to sell because each city will have different rules for business licenses, zoning restrictions and other specific limitations for mobile food.  

If you travel outside of NET Health's jurisdiction, you will need to check in with the Retail Food Inspections Division at your destination location to obtain a valid Food Permit in that area.  

For Questions on who to contact, call NET Health for assistance. We can help navigate you to the correct department:   (903)-535-0037

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