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How to get a Health and Fire permit for your food truck

How to get a Health and Fire permit for your food truck

You need to get Health and Fire permits before you can apply for a food truck permit.

Last updated: 4/11/17
Step
1

Schedule a review of your building plans

You should go over the plans for your truck with Inspectional Services before you start building. You can schedule an appointment to review your construction and operation plans by calling Tom McAdams at 617-961-3293.

Step
2

Get your info together for the review

You need to bring a few things to the review:

There’s also a $100 annual health permit fee. If you pay the fee during your review, you will not have to pay later when your truck is inspected. We take checks made payable to the City of Boston.

Step
3

Go to the review

We’ll give you a date and time to review your plans with an inspector when you call. Please bring all of your information to the review.

Step
1

Schedule an inspection

Once your truck is complete, you need to get it inspected before you can run your business.

Call the Fire Department first to schedule your inspection for a fire permit. They do inspections Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. You must schedule your appointment with one of the following inspectors:

  • Lt. Leroy Hamilton: 617-343-2196
  • Lt. Michael Townes: 617-343-3541
  • Insp. Dru Akins: 617-343-3443
  • Insp. Eddie Echevarria: 617-343-3775
  • Insp. Kevin Cotton: 617-343-3774

Inspectional Services does inspections for health permits Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. You don't need to schedule an appointment before you visit. Call Tom McAdams at 617-961-3293 for more information.

Step
2

Get your fire permit

On the day of your scheduled appointment, please bring your food truck to:

Fire Prevention
1010 Massachusetts Ave.
Boston, MA 02218

You'll need to bring your Food Truck Permit for your fire inspection. The fee for a fire permit inspection is $150.

You may also need to bring your permit application for Open Burning and Cooking Operations. You need this permit if you use anything but an inline generator for cooking or to power your truck. To get the permit, you'll need a fire suppression system and a fire extinguisher. You'll have to renew this permit every year.

If your truck passes the fire inspection, you'll be given a permit and the fire inspector will sign your food truck permit application.

Step
3

Get your health permit

On the day of your health inspection, please bring your food truck to:

Inspectional Services Department
1010 Massachusetts Ave.
Boston, MA 02218

You also need to bring several documents:

If you didn't pay the $100 annual health permit fee when you had your plans reviewed, you must pay it at the inspection.

If your truck passes inspection, you'll be given a health permit and a health inspector will sign your food truck permit application.

Payment Info:
  • Annual health permit fee: $100
  • Fire permit inspection fee: $110
Need to Know:

If you want to change or update your truck, you may also need to schedule a review. Please call Tom McAdams at 617-961-3293 for more information.

Your truck must meet federal and state health codes:

Contact:
Small Business Development
26 Court Street
7th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
United States