Food Trucks & Push Carts

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Environmental Health Services have been adjusted as follows:

  • Retail food and mobile plan reviews can be dropped off at our Greenwood Village office at 6162 South Willow Drive, Suite 100.  Walk-ins are welcome Tuesdays & Thursdays only – 8:00am to 5:00pm. We are closed for lunch from 12-1pm. 
  • As of January 2022, Mobile food operators looking to renew their Tri-County Health Department retail food service license in 2022 will have their inspections waived for this year. To obtain a 2022 Tri-County Health Department mobile license renewal, you will still be required to provide the following:
        Current Menu
        Current Department of Revenue License
        Current Commissary Agreement 
        Payment in full

When these items have been received and approved, a 2022 Tri-County Health Department mobile license and a green 2022 mobile retail food approval sticker will be mailed to you.   Please apply the sticker to the mobile unit being licensed in a highly visible area on the mobile unit.  

To renew your Tri-County Health Department mobile retail food service license in 2022, please contact one of our four Environmental Health Office (Castle Rock, Greenwood Village, Aurora East, Commerce City).  

Man Purchasing Hot Dog at a Yellow Hot Dog Stand from Woman Wearing Yellow

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.

Push carts:

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 Tri-County jurisdiction: Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas Counties)
  • 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)

Certified Food Protection Courses (PDF)

Certified Food Protection Courses (Spanish) (PDF)

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

Commissary:

  • 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, Arapahoe, or Douglas Counties. 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 TCHD Commissary Agreement).
  • For additional definitions and guidelines: Mobile Food Service Fact Sheet and Mobile Trailer and Push Cart Renewal Letter (Spanish version).