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  9:37:47 PM 7/12/2020
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Apply for a New MFDV License and Plan Review at the Same Time

Florida law requires owners of new public food service and new owners of existing establishments to obtain a license from the division before operating. In addition, 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. Usually, we recommend you apply for plan review prior to building or remodeling your establishment, and then apply for license at least 30 days before you begin operations. If you want to apply for your plan review and food service license separately, please return to the previous screen and choose the appropriate plan review or license application. The application process described below is for a new Mobile Food Dispensing Vehicle license with plan review.

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 (MFDV) 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., FAC]

    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 procure potable water and dispose of wastewater as per the local Authority Holding Jurisdiction. This location cannot be a private residence.

  • Scaled Drawing: A scaled drawing of the establishment showing the premises and all of the food service related equipment/fixtures. A side view of the vehicle is also required

  • Commissary: A commissary is a licensed food service establishment which provides required services to the mobile food dispensing vehicle. If applicable to your operation the commissary form is available here.

  • Menu: Provide a copy of your proposed menu.

  • License Fees: Annual license fees are listed on our food service fee webpage and are based in part on the county your establishment is located and when you wish to open. The division divides the state into 7 licensing districts according to county. Licenses expire each year at the following times:

    • District 1 - October 1
    • District 2 - December 1
    • District 3 - February 1
    • District 4 - April 1
    • District 5 - June 1
    • District 6 - June 1
    • District 7 - December 1

  • If applying less than six months prior to the expiration date, the fee is prorated to the half-year fee. If applying more than six months prior to the expiration date,the fee is the full-year fee. For help determining the correct fees please use our license fee calculator.

  • Opening Inspection: All new licensees are required to pass a sanitation and safety inspection prior to opening. After submitting your application, fees and supporting documents, and meeting all requirements of the plan review, contact the department at 850.487.1395 to schedule an opening inspection.

  • More Info: For more information about our licensing process and other government requirements, please see our 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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2601 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee FL 32399 :: Email: Customer Contact Center :: Customer Contact Center: 850.487.1395