332 W. Commerce
San Antonio, TX 78205
Mobile Vending inspections are done on Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment. Appointments may be made by calling 210-207-8853. Inspections will be conducted at a site designated by the vendor (must be in City of San Antonio limits and not residential property).
For a complete list of all mobile vending regulations, refer to City of San Antonio Ordinance Chapter 13
Background checks are only required for food vendors and food handlers vending frozen or refrigerated confections, including but not limited to ice cream cones, frozen ice cream novelties, raspas or paletas directly to consumers on a public street, sidewalk, or right of way.
Please remember that you are required to carry your written statement of clearance from the SAPD on you at all times while vending. The Background Check letter must be renewed every two years.
After approval, your mobile vending sticker will be located:
Foot Peddler: Individuals selling pre-packaged, non-potentially hazardous foods and drinks on foot. Foot peddlers vending whole, farm fresh products are no longer required to obtain a foot peddlers permit.
Simple Sno-cone – Individuals selling sno-cones from a vehicle or pushcart where the ice and syrups are purchased from an approved, licensed food operation and the individual puts the two items together in their unit. No grinding of ice or reconstituting of syrups is allowed. The requirements for the unit are listed below.
Ice Cream Vendor: Individuals selling pre-packaged novelty ice cream from a vehicle or pushcart. The requirements for the unit are listed below.
Shrimp/Whole Fish Vendor: Individuals selling whole shrimp or fish from a vehicle. The requirements for the unit are listed below.
Sandwich Truck: Vehicle or pushcart selling pre-packaged, potentially hazardous foods and drinks. The requirements for the unit are listed below.
Kitchen On Wheels: Vehicle or trailer that is selling approved open food products. Requirements are:
Waste Water Tank Equation for any size fresh water tank
Hot Dog or Sausage Pushcart: Pushcart that has hot dog or sausage, non-potentially hazardous foods and assorted condiments. Requirements are:
Corn Roaster: These units are considered as pushcarts and must meet these requirements:
Commissary Requirement: Pushcarts that distribute hot dogs or sausage, sandwich trucks and kitchen on wheels units must operate from an approved commissary. This commissary is a licensed food establishment that fully meets the Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER), and has a current license. The unit must be returned to that commissary daily for replenishing of supplies, and servicing of the mobile vending unit.
The Commissary servicing Kitchen on Wheels must have the following facilities in addition to the licensed kitchen:
There are currently seven approved commissaries in San Antonio that can issue Notarized Commissary Letters that will be honored by Metro Health. Those facilities are listed:
To set up your own commissary, call 210.207.0135.
To obtain a mobile vending license, the vendor must take the unit to the Development Services Center at 1901 S. Alamo and request to purchase a mobile vending license. A Sanitarian will inspect your unit and tell you what you need if the unit does not meet standards. If you need a Commissary letter, bring the completed document with you when you are ready for inspection. You will be asked for your driver’s license and background check letter.
When approved, you will pay for your license, and receive a receipt that you may use to operate your unit while you are waiting for the computer-generated license to be mailed to you. A sticker will be placed on your unit noting the date when your license expires.
With this license you may move through the public streets of San Antonio or Bexar County and distribute the foods that your license allows. If you want to operate in any of the incorporated cities in Bexar County, you need to check with the authorities in those cities to see what they require. Listed below are additional parking and other restrictions on your unit:
Renewing Your License: Pushcart vendors selling potentially hazardous foods, sandwich trucks, and Kitchen on Wheel units must have a new commissary letter prepared and notarized prior to license renewal. These vendors will need to bring the unit, fully functional, with their commissary letter and a valid driver's license to the Development Services Center at 1901 S. Alamo. You will be inspected, and if the unit meets all the standards, your new receipt will be issued. Within a month, your computer generated license should arrive. If you do not receive this license, call 210.207.8853. Mobile Food Vendors must call 207-8853 or 207-0135 to schedule a mobile unit inspection.
Questions? Call 210.207.0135. If you get the Audex system, please leave your name and phone number and we will return your call.