Mobile Food Vendors (MFV)

The Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department requires a fire inspection for all Mobile Food Vendors (MFV) that will be performing business within the Town. After successful completion of an inspection, a permit will be given to the business. Each permit must be renewed annually. 

We will not accept inspections or permits from other departments, agencies, or counties. For questions regarding MFV, email the Fire and Life Safety Division.

Inspection process

To prepare for your inspection, please go to the Fire Marshals Association of Colorado Food Truck Inspection Program. Please refer to the FMAC Inspection Form. 

Schedule an inspection

After preparing your vehicle and ensuring compliance with the above pre-checklist, a MFV application must be completed. After submission of application, an inspector will confirm an inspection time with you. 

Mobile Food Vendor application

Details of your inspection

  • Your appointment is not confirmed until you receive a confirmation email.  
  • Information regarding inspection location will be included with your confirmation email. 

Late for your inspection

  • If you are more than fifteen (15) minutes late for your inspection, the inspection will be canceled and you will need to schedule a re-inspection and pay a re-inspection fee.

Additional requirements

  • L.P. Gas containers shall be located outside. Safety release valves shall be pointed away from the unit.
  • "No Smoking" signs shall be mounted near the propane containers.
  • All Gas connections between the tank and the cooking or heating appliance will be leak tested. The soapy water method is acceptable.
  • All propane bottles shall have a current hydrostatic test date.
  • All mobile food vendors must have a 2A: 10BC portable fire extinguisher mounted in a conspicuous place in the kitchen area.

Passing your inspection

  • If you pass your inspection, you will be provided with the MFV permit sticker directly after the inspection.
  • Please ensure the permit sticker from the Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department remains on your vehicle. If you do not have your permit you will be ordered to leave the event and may be cited. 

Failing your inspection

Fees and payment process

Mobile Food Vendor permits are valid for one (1) year from the date of issuance or renewal. 

  • Annual permit fee per vehicle: $50
  • Re-inspection fee: $100
  • On-site inspection, day of the event fee: $150
  • Reprint fee for lost or missing permits: $150

Obtaining a business license

Because your MFV permit is a required document for your Town of Castle Rock Business License, you must email a copy of your MFV permit to the Town's Revenue Division.

Conducting business without a business license

It is unlawful to operate without a license per Castle Rock Municipal Code, as outlined below. 

5.05.020 - Engaged in business without a license.

Any person engaged in business in this Town without having secured a business and sales tax license in advance, except as specifically provided herein, shall be guilty of a violation of this Code.

5.05.050 - Violations.

It is unlawful for any person to violate any of the provisions of this Chapter. Any violation of this Chapter shall be punishable by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) or by imprisonment for not more than one (1) year, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

The need for permits

Mobile vendors, or “food trucks” as they’re commonly called, usually have fryers, griddles, ranges, grills and appliances fueled by propane or gas generators. Leaking flammable vapors can result in fires or explosions, injuring not only the food truck operators, but also customers and other people in the area.

In 2014, a food truck explosion in Philadelphia was caused by leaking propane. The blast killed the two occupants of the truck and injured 11 nearby customers and pedestrians. The explosion was caught on a security camera. We don’t want something like this to happen in our community. By following the fire code requirements and keeping up with the inspection and permitting requirements, you are helping to reduce the risk of this happening to your food truck.