Opening a Mobile Unit

Licensing a Mobile Unit

A mobile food unit is a portable vehicle where food is prepared, sold, and/or dispensed to a consumer. Mobile food units include: drive-through espresso carts, hotdog carts, and full-service trailers.

If you’re not sure if this is the correct type of license, please click here: What kind of license do I need?

A mobile unit must meet the following requirements:

  • The unit must be a vehicle and not require a special permit from the Oregon Department of Transportation to be moved.
  • Mobile food units must be on wheels and have the ability to be mobile at all times during operation and have no permanent connection to any utility service (including water, sewer, or electrical).
  • The unit and all operations and equipment must be integral to the unit.

All mobile units must be approved, licensed, and inspected by the Tillamook County Community Health Centers prior to construction and/or operation of the unit. A mobile food unit that does not have a licensed restaurant or commissary as a base of operation may not provide catering services or sell food wholesale unless specific conditions are met.

Licenses are non-transferrable, and you must pay the licensing fee prior to operating the mobile unit.

The City of Tillamook will allow dumping of gray water tanks from Mobile Food Carts at the Wastewater Treatment Plant located at 710 5th Street in Tillamook. Hours are from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Please call prior to going to the plant, 503-842-4155.

La Cuidad de Tillamook permitirá desechar tanques de aguas negras de las Unidades Móviles de Alimentos en la Planta de Tratamiento de Aguas Residuales ubicada en 710 5th Street en Tillamook. Está abierta desde las 8:30 am hasta las 4:00 pm, lunes a viernes. Por favor de llamar antes de llegar a la planta, 503-842-4155.

  • To complete the application electronically, please save the document to your computer and attach completed form to email.

  • Para terminar la solicitud electrónicamente, por favor de guardar el documento en su computadora y adjunte el formulario completo al correo electrónico.