DeSoto enforces standards for those looking to operate food trucks within city limits, according to City Manager Brandon Wright’s Weekly Report June 18.
The city has 18 mobile food vendors, and the growing number has led officials to change the health department guidelines they must follow and add a permit sticker requirement.
âWith the exception of very minor changes, the sticker and display requirement is what’s new,â city communications director Matt Smith said in an email. âThis will allow customers to see that the trucks with the decals are registered and operating legally. “
The guidelines ensure that vendors provide food produced in a sanitary environment to customers.
Once the city determines the guidelines have been followed, vendors can apply for a food permit, which requires the operator to have:
- Proof of their food manager certification
- Proof of central preparation facility authorization or recent facility sanitary inspection report, if located outside of DeSoto
- Valid driver’s license
- Car insurance
- A signed authorization letter to verify parking and service area
- A photo of the food truck
Once the documentation is received and the fees paid, the city will schedule an inspection. If successful, sellers will receive a permit sticker from the health department.