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Explore licensing requirements, operational guidelines, and plan submission processes for mobile food services. Get an overview of fee structures and find vendors in Tulsa County.
All food service establishments in Tulsa County, including mobile food vending operations, require a license that must be renewed annually.
THD categorizes mobile food services as follows:
Full-service mobile food establishments are required to meet certain regulations regarding their construction, water system, equipment, personnel and food safety. Pre-packaged mobile and pushcart food establishments are exempted from some of these requirements.
Mobile food establishment plans must be submitted to THD with the appropriate fees. Completed plans and applications can be submitted digitally or as hardcopies. Documentation submitted needs to include a menu, equipment layout, size of water tanks, location of lighting and any additional photos or documents to better illustrate the mobile unit.
Properly prepared plans and specifications must be submitted for review and approval whenever:
Mobile food establishments that only sell prepackaged foods and are not engaged in food preparation operations are not required to submit a plan review application or pay the plan review fee.
Submitter hand-delivers plan documents or sends to our office by courier. Plan application, finish schedule document, plan review questionnaire, along with establishment plans must be submitted with the appropriate fee, made payable to the Tulsa Health Department. Three complete sets of plans need to be submitted for City of Broken Arrow projects (two copies will be returned after THD review which will then need to be taken to the City of Broken Arrow). Two complete sets of plans are needed for all other Tulsa County jurisdictions.
Regardless of submission process, the review turn-around time should take approximately fourteen (14) business days. Please review all Tulsa Health Department (THD) review notes prior to construction. The THD reviewed plan documents should be referred to and maintained on site until the final inspection is conducted. Any redraws or changes made to project drawings after THD approval must also be reviewed and approved.
For questions regarding food establishment plans, please call 918-595-4300.
Every city has the ability to adopt a city ordinance that requires additional permits to operate a business within the city limits. Below are cities in Tulsa County that will require additional permits in order to operate within their city limits.
*Additional city permits for outdoor sellers or peddlers may be required. Please contact the City of Tulsa licensing and permits office at (918) 596-9456 regarding mobile outdoor sellers application for a mobile food operation or the City of Broken Arrow licensing and permits office at (918) 259- 2411 for an itinerant merchant food vendor application. Please contact the City of Bixby licensing and permits office at (918) 366-0453 regarding mobile outdoor sellers application for a mobile food operation.
If you are interested in finding mobiles that operate in Tulsa County, use the retail food inspection search feature.
For more information, please call 918-595-4300.
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