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  6:09:07 PM 4/19/2014
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Apply for a Mobile Food Dispensing Vehicle (MFDV) Plan Review Only

To begin Florida's food service licensing process, the law requires the division to review facility plans for sanitation and safety concerns. Plan review is required when the establishment is: 1) newly built, 2) converted from another use, 3) extensively remodeled or 4) re-opened after being closed at least 1 year. The application process described below is for MOBILE FOOD DISPENSING VEHICLE PLAN REVIEWS ONLY.

Application Requirements:
 
  • ELIGIBILITY: If your operation does not meet the following definition, please return to the previous page to select the correct one.

    Mobile food dispensing vehicles are vehicle-mounted public food service establishments. Some MFDVs are self-propelled and built to travel on public streets. Other MFDVs are not self-propelled but can be moved from place to place. MFDVs may even be watercraft. Vehicles that are required to have vehicle identification numbers (VINs) must submit this number to the division on the application for license. [Rule 61C-1.002(5)(a)2., Florida Administrative Code (FAC)]

    Hot Dog Carts are mobile food dispensing vehicles that limit the preparation of food to frankfurters. [Rule 61C-4.0161(3), FAC] If filing for a plan review online for a Hot Dog Cart, please return to the previous screen and choose the Hot Dog Cart Plan Review Only process.

  • Self-sufficient vehicles are identified as those units that contain, as part of the vehicle, a three-compartment sink for washing, rinsing, and sanitizing equipment and utensils; a separate handwash sink; adequate refrigeration and storage capacity; full provision of power utilities including electrical, LP gas, or a portable power generation unit; a potable water holding tank; and a liquid waste disposal system in accordance with Subparts 5-3 and 5-4 of the Food Code. Self-Sufficient vehicles must have a location where water can be safely procured and where wastewater can be legally disposed of. This location cannot be a private residence. Mobile food dispensing vehicles are not allowed to obtain water from or dispose of wastewater at a private residence, or prepare food; store food products, equipment or utensils; or conduct warewashing or any other activities related to the public food service in a private residence.

  • APPLICATION: Obtain and complete the Mobile Food Dispensing Vehicle Plan Review Application Packet in Microsoft Word or Fill-in PDF (also referenced at the bottom of this page). The application packet includes instructions for making application and the following forms:

    • DBPR HR-7006 Mobile Food Dispensing Vehicle Plan Review Application - Word / Fill-in PDF

  • COMMISSARY NOTIFICATION: A commissary is a commercial establishment which provides required services to the mobile food dispensing vehicle. All hot dog carts and vehicles that are not self-sufficient must use a commissary. At a minimum, the commissary provides for acquisition of potable water and the disposal of wastewater. Unless your vehicle is self-sufficient, the division is unable to approve your plans without this form.

  • WATER & WASTEWATER INFORMATION: If your vehicle is not self-sufficient, you must provide water and wastewater information and approval for the commissary where you will get potable water, dump wastewater or prepare food. If the vehicle is self-sufficient, you must provide proof of approved water and sewer service at the location where the unit will use these services. You may submit a copy of your water and/or sewer bill as proof of approval. If your commissary is on a well or septic tank, use the Evaluation of Onsite Sewage (Septic) and Water Supply Capacity form. You may also use this form if you do not have a copy of the water or sewer bill. The local authority must sign this form. The local Department of Health and Department of Environmental Protection handle well and septic tank approvals.

  • SCALED DRAWINGS: At least two (2) scaled drawings. A side view of the vehicle is also required. The division will keep one set and return any additional sets to the applicant. You may submit additional sets required by local authorities. Click here for additional information.

  • FEES: Application fee of $150, payable by check or money order to the Division of Hotels and Restaurants. Cash is not accepted.

  • MORE INFO: For more information about the plan review process, please review our website. Plan review is a separate process from applying for a public food service license. For licensing information, please see our licensing website. Use the Back button or arrow to return to this screen.


If you have questions or need assistance in completing this application, please call the Customer Contact Center at 850-487-1395.


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