Food Trucks & Hot Dog Carts

Mobile Food Units are a food establishment designed to be readily moved and vend food. These units must operate in conjunction with a permitted establishment such as a restaurant, food stand, or commissary. Approval of food items being prepared and sold off a mobile food unit is directly proportional to the presence of mandatory equipment located upon the unit and/or at the affiliated commissary. Please reference rule 15A NCAC 18A.2672 for general requirements and minimum construction and design expectations for permitted mobile food units.

Push Carts shall only process prepackaged foods and hotdogs for preparation, handling, and vending. The push cart shall have a servicing commissary and shall be transported to varying locations for food service vending operations.

A Push Cart or Mobile Food Unit Plan Review Application must be submitted to apply for a push cart or mobile food unit permit. Additionally, an agreement is required from the commissary. Push carts and mobile food units are permitted in accordance with the North Carolina Rules Governing the Food Protection and Sanitation of Food Service Establishments 15A NCAC 18A .2600. See sections .2670, .2671, and .2672.

Both Mobile Food Units and Push Carts must report to Gaston County Environmental Health on a weekly basis on where they intend to be operating.


  • Plan Review: $250.00