Adams County Health Department will begin inspecting mobile food trucks/trailers/push carts during the second week of January 2023. Inspections will be conducted on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8-11 a.m., and occasional Wednesdays based on demand. Please remember to bring the following to your scheduled inspection: new commissary letter, current written menu, restroom affidavit (if fixed location), and a copy of your City and County of Denver license if you utilize your licensed brick and mortar restaurant in Denver for your commissary (you must also have this mobile licensed in the City and County of Denver), and form of payment for the 2023 mobile license in cash, credit card, or money order (no checks accepted). Please be advised that your commissary must be located within Adams County or an approved City and County of Denver commissary. In addition, Adams County Health Department will evaluate commissaries in other jurisdictions on a case-by-case basis. Please review the list of commissaries that are approved on this website. You may continue to operate your mobile in 2023, however you must set up an appointment for mobile licensing. Please call 303.288.6816 to set up an appointment.
Food trucks and trailers:
A retail food establishment that is a wheeled vehicle or trailer that is readily moveable and designed for the service of food from the interior of the unit that is intended to physically report to and operate from a commercial commissary kitchen for servicing, restocking, and maintenance each operating day.
A retail food establishment that is a non-motorized, unit designed so foods are served from the exterior of the unit and require very little preparation, such as hot dogs. Push Carts are intended to physically report to and operate from a commercial commissary kitchen for servicing, restocking and maintenance each operating day.
If you plan to renew your license for a Mobile Truck, Trailer or Pushcart, please read the letter at the link below:
Mobile Inspection Checklist:
- Original State Sales Tax License (Colorado Department of Revenue, 1375 Sherman Street, Denver, CO 80261- 303.238.7378 or Colorado Department of Revenue website)
- Commissary Agreement Form (commissary must be located within Adams County
- Lettering 3-inches high & 3/8-inch wide with the name and phone number on 2 sides
- Food probe thermometer capable of reading between 0°F—220°F
- Refrigerator/Hot box thermometer
- Hot and Cold running water in all sinks
- Written menu
- Sanitizer test strips (chlorine or quaternary ammonium)
- Hand soap and disposable paper towels
- Restroom Affidavit (if regularly operating for extended times in a fixed location)
Food Trucks and Push Cart Forms
Mobile Food Truck & Push Cart License Fees:
- Full Food Service Mobile Unit: $385
- Prepackaged Food Mobile Unit: $270
- Plan Review Application Fee: $100
- Plan Review Pre-Opening Inspection: $60 per hour
- An approved facility for preparation of various food items, storage of all supplies, and for all cleaning or servicing operations. The mobile retail food establishment or pushcart must report to this location daily for supplies, cleaning, and/or servicing.
- If the facility is not owned by the vendor, the vendor must provide a completed Commissary Agreement.
- The commissary must be located in Adams County. A commissary located in Denver may be accepted, provided that the mobile unit operator is already in possession of a mobile retail food license issued by the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (copies of these licenses must be submitted with the ACHD Commissary Agreement).
- For additional definitions and guidelines: Mobile Food Service Fact Sheet and Mobile Trailer and Push Cart Renewal Letter (Spanish version).