Health code regulations are dictated by local Pennsylvania County Health Departments and as a result, they vary across the state of Pennsylvania. In addition to determining what types of foods are allowed to be served, these local health departments may dictate what equipment should be installed on a hot dog cart or any food cart.

For instance, here is the Minimum Construction and Equipment Requirements for a mobile food cart in Allegheny County:

Mobile Food Unit/ Commissary

Minimum Construction and Equipment Requirements

The following provides guidance on the minimum construction and equipment requirements for obtaining a health permit for a mobile food vending operation in Allegheny County.

Required commercial food service equipment, refrigeration and utensils must conform to National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) Standards or equivalent. The NSF Standards are available for review at the Food Safety Program office.

MOBILE FOOD UNIT

The mobile food unit is a self-contained, limited service food facility which is a mechanically, electrically, manually, or otherwise propelled vehicle operating on land or water. Materials used in construction should provide finishes that are smooth, non-absorbent, easily cleaned and durable. Overhead coverage is required and should provide adequate protection. Permanently fixed artificial light sources should be shielded and provide at least 20 foot candles of light.

(1) If food or beverages are prepared on the vehicle, the following are required:

• Utensil Washing – The appropriate sinks are required on the vehicle if the sinks are not located at the commissary:

o For potentially hazardous foods: a 3-bowl sink with attached drain boards or a commercial dishwasher with an approved 2-bowl sink and attached drain board

o For non-potentially hazardous foods: a 2-bowl sink with attached drain boards

o For coffee only (excluding cappuccino): a 1-bowl sink with attached drain board

• Cooking and hot holding equipment

• A hand washing sink

• Food preparation tables and utensils

• Refrigeration

• Sneeze protection for prepared foods while on display

• Shelving to store food and utensils at least 6 inches off of the floor

• An exhaust system installed for grease-type cooking, unless the unit is a push-cart; The exhaust system must conform to the current National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Code

• Hot and cold running water from a protected, potable water system under pressure; A Waste retention tank 15% larger than water supply tank (see “Article III” for details)

(2) If only pre-packaged foods are available on the vehicle the following are required:

• Refrigeration for potentially hazardous cold foods

• Hot-holding equipment for potentially hazardous hot foods

• Shelving to store food and utensils at least 6 inches off of the floor

• Moist towelettes with a disinfectant for periodic hand cleaning

COMMISSARY

A mobile food unit must operate from a commissary or other fixed food facility. The unit shall report daily to such location for all food and supplies, and then again for all cleaning, servicing operations and waste disposal. The commissary must retain a current and valid health permit. A separate and dedicated area is required if the commissary is located in a residence.

The following is required, based upon proposed menu:

• An approved water source to supply the mobile food unit via a dedicated potable water hose

• Utensil washing:

o For potentially hazardous foods: a 3-bowl sink with attached drain boards or a commercial dishwasher with an approved 2-bowl sink and attached drain boards

o For non-potentially hazardous foods: a 2-bowl sink with attached drain boards

o For coffee only (excluding cappuccino): a 1-bowl sink with attached drain board

• Designated food preparation sink(s) with indirect waste line(s)

• Refrigeration

• Cooking and hot-holding equipment

• Ventilation:

o An exhaust system installed for grease-type cooking with an approved source of make-up air; The exhaust system must conform to the current National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Code

o Adequate ventilation to prevent excessive steam, heat, vapor, condensation, etc.

• A hand washing sink in each food preparation area

• Food preparation tables and utensils

• A mop sink located within the facility (This may be one’s laundry tray if the commissary is located in a residence)

• Shelving to store food and utensils at least 6 inches off of the floo

• Employee restroom(s) (This may be one’s home toilet room if the commissary is located in a residence)

• A safe and approved means for disposal of sewage from the mobile food unit

• Permanently fixed artificial light sources that are shielded and provide at least 20 foot candles of light

• Smooth, non-absorbent, durable, and easily cleaned floors, walls, and ceiling

 

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  • State of Pennsylvania County Health Departments

Adams County

424 East Middle Street

Suite 1

Gettysburg, PA 17325-1926

Phone: (717)334-2112

Fax: (717)334-5011

Allegheny County

(Health Department)

3333 Forbes Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Phone: (412)578-8026

Fax: (412)578-8325

Armstrong County

245 Butler Road, Suite 1

Kittanning, PA 16201-2205

Phone: (724)543-2700

Fax: (724)548-1477

Beaver County

300 South Walnut Lane

Beaver, PA 15009

Phone: (724)774-1385

Fax: (724)773-7416

Bedford County

130 Vondersmith Avenue

Suite A

Bedford, PA 15522-1727

Phone: (814)623-2001

Fax: (814)624-0998

Berks County

Reading State Office Building

625 Cherry Street, Room 401

Reading, PA 19602

Phone: (610)378-4377

Fax: (610)621-5890

Blair County

Cricket Field Plaza

615 Howard Avenue

Altoona, PA 16601-4803

Phone: (814)946-7300

Fax: (814)941-6838

Bradford County

142 Colonial Drive

Towanda, PA 18848

Phone: (570)265-2194

Fax: (570)265-3274

Bucks County

Department of Health

Neshaminy Manor Center

Doylestown, PA 18901

Phone: (215)345-3318

Fax: (215)345-3833

Butler County

Monarch Building

100 Brugh Avenue, Suite 201

Butler, PA 16001

Phone: (724)287-1769

Fax: (724)287-8549

Cambria County

184 Donald Lane, Suite 1

Johnstown, PA 15904

Phone: (814)248-3120

Fax: (814)248-3124

Cameron County

Please contact 1-877-PA-HEALTH to find a location closest to you

Carbon County

616 North Street

Jim Thorpe, PA 18229-2125

Phone: (570)325-6106

Fax: (570)325-6109

Centre County

280 W. Hamilton Avenue

State College, PA 16801-5218

Phone: (814)865-0932

Fax: (814)863-6504

Chester County

(Health Department)

Administrative Department

601 Westtown Road, Suite 290

West Chester, Pa 19382-4542

Phone: (610)344-6225

Fax: (610)344-6727

Web: http://www.chesco.org/health/

Clarion County

Applewood Center, Suite D

162 S. 2nd Street

Clarion, PA 16214

Phone: (814)226-2170

Fax: (814)226-1726

Clearfield County

1123 Linden Street

Clearfield, PA 16830

Phone: (814)765-0542

Fax: (814)765-0648

Clinton County

215 East Church Street

Lock Haven, PA 17745-2009

Phone: (570)893-2437

Fax: (570)893-2733

Columbia County

1000 South Market Street

Suite 5

Bloomsburg, PA 17815

Phone: (570)387-4257

Fax: (570)387-4281

Crawford County

847 N. Main St.

Parkside Commons

Meadville, PA 16335

Phone: (814)332-6947

Fax: (814)724-6883

Cumberland County

431 East North Street

Carlisle, PA 17013-2693

Phone: (717)243-5151

Fax: (717)243-3171

Dauphin County

30 Kline Plaza

Harrisburg, PA 17104

Phone: (717)346-1470 or (717)346-1471

Fax: (717)772-3151

Delaware County

Suite 1

151 West Fifth Street

Chester, PA 19013-4415

Phone: (610)447-3250

Fax: (610)447-3008

Elk County

778 Washington Road

St. Marys, PA 15857

Phone: (814)834-5351

Fax: (814)834-5354

Erie County

(Department of Health)

606 West Second Street

Erie, PA 16507

Phone: (814)451-6700

Fax: (814)451-6767

Fayette County

100 New Salem Road

Suite 102

Uniontown, PA 15401-8936

Phone: (724)439-7400

Fax: (724)439-2262

Forest County

305 South Elm Street

Post Office Box 405

Tionesta, PA 16353-0405

Phone: (814)755-3564

Fax: (814)755-3542

Franklin County

518 Cleveland Avenue

Chambersburg, PA 17201-3494

Phone: (717)263-4143

Fax: (717)263-5991

Fulton County

182 Buchanan Trail – Suite 160

P.O. Box 248

McConnellsburg, PA 17233-0248

Phone: (717)485-5137

Fax: (717)485-4364

Greene County

432 E. Oakview Drive

Waynesburg, PA 15370-2035

Phone: (724)627-3168

Fax: (724)852-4448

Huntingdon County

6311 Margy Drive, Suite 1

Huntingdon, PA 16652

Phone: (814)627-1251

Fax: (814)627-5142

Indiana County

75 North 2nd Street

Indiana, PA 15701-2047

Phone: (724)357-2995

Fax: (724)357-1949

Jefferson County

203 N. Main Street

Punxsutawney, PA 15767

Phone: (814)938-6630

Fax: (814)938-4278

Juniata County

809 Market Street

Port Royal, PA 17082-7213

Phone: (717)527-4185

Fax: (717)527-4278

Lackawanna County

Scranton State Office Building, Room 110

100 Lackawanna Avenue

Scranton, PA 18503-1973

Phone: (570)963-4567

Fax: (570)963-4109

Lancaster County

1661 Old Philadelphia Pike

Lancaster, PA 17602-2676

Phone: (717)299-7597

Fax: (717)396-7197

Lawrence County

106 Margaret Street

New Castle, PA 16101

Phone: (724)656-3088

Fax: (724)656-3008

Lebanon County

9 North 9th Street

Lebanon, PA 17046-4902

Phone: (717)272-2044

Fax: (717)279-7558

Lehigh County

Suite 206

3730 Lehigh Street

Whitehall, PA 18052-3403

Phone: (610)821-6770

Fax: (610)821-6564

Allentown City Residents

Allentown Bureau of Health

Alliance Hall

245 North 6th Street

Allentown, PA 18102-4128

Phone: (610)437-7760, 7778

Fax: (610)437-7760

Bethlehem City Residents

Bethlehem Bureau of Health

City Hall

10 East Church Street

Bethlehem, PA 18018-6069

Phone: (610)865-7087

Fax: (610)865-7326

Luzerne County

665 Carey Avenue

Suite 2

Wilkes-Barre, PA 18706-5484

Phone: (570)826-2071

Fax: (570)820-4947

Lycoming County

1000 Commerce Park Drive

Suite 106

Williamsport, PA 17701

Phone: (570)327-3440

Fax: (570)327-3547

McKean County

84-90 Boylston Street

Gleason Building

P.O. Box 160

Bradford, PA 16701-2011

Phone: (814)368-0426

Fax: (814)368-0429

Mercer County

25 McQuiston Drive

Jackson Center, PA 16133

Phone: (724)662-4000

Fax: (724)662-4005

Mifflin County

21 South Brown Street

Lewistown, PA 17044-8126

Phone: (717)242-1452

Fax: (717)242-2976

Monroe County

1972 West Main St.

Suite 102

Stroudsburg, PA 18360

Phone: (570)424-3020

Fax: (570)424-3977

Montgomery County

1430 DeKalb Street

P.O. Box 311

Norristown, PA 19404

Phone: (610)278-5117

Fax: (610)278-5167

Web: health.montcopa.org

Montour County

329 Church Street

Danville, PA 17821

Phone: (570)275-7092

Fax: (570)275-7006

Northampton County

1600 Northampton Street

Easton, PA 18042-3132

Phone: (610)250-1825

Fax: (610)250-1812

Bethlehem City Residents

Bethlehem Bureau of Health

City Hall

10 East Church Street

Bethlehem, PA 18018-6069

Phone: (610)865-7087

Fax: (610)865-7019

Northumberland County

247 Pennsylvania Avenue

Sunbury, PA 17801-2248

Phone: (570)988-5513

Fax: (570)988-5573

Perry County

153 Red Hill Road

Newport, PA 17074

Phone: (717)567-2011

Fax: (717)567-6920

Philadelphia County

(Department of Public Health)

1101 Market Street, 8th floor

Philadelphia, PA 19107

Phone: (215)686-5000

Fax: (215)685-5398

Pike County

10 Buist Road, Suite 401

Milford, PA 18337

Phone: (570)296-6512

Fax: (570)296-5552

Potter County

269 Rt. 6 West, Room 2

Coudersport, PA 16915

Phone: 814-274-3626

Fax: 814-274-3629

Schuylkill County

Suite 103

One Norwegian Plaza

Pottsville, PA 17901

Phone: (570)621-3112

Fax: (570)621-3188

Snyder County

207 West Willow Avenue

Middleburg, PA 17842-1039

Phone: (570)837-5915

Fax: (570)837-2266

Somerset County

651 South Center Avenue

Somerset, PA 15501-2811

Phone: (814)445-7981

Fax: (814)445-5184

Sullivan County

Please contact 1-877-PA-HEALTH to find a location closest to you

Susquehanna County

157 Spruce Street

Suite 2

Montrose, PA 18801-1225

Phone: (570)278-3889

Fax: (570)278-4007

Tioga County

44 Plaza Lane

Wellsboro, PA 16901

Phone: (570)724-2911

Fax: (570)724-5307

Union County

260 Reitz Blvd., Suite 3

Lewisburg, PA 17837-9220

Phone: (570)523-1124

Fax: (570)523-1129

Venango County

P.O. Box 191 (letter mail)

R.D. #2, Route 257 (packages)

Seneca, PA 16346

Phone: (814)677-0672

Fax: (814)677-8492

Warren County

2027 Pennsylvania Avenue East

Warren, PA 16365

Phone: (814)728-3566

Fax: (814)728-3570

Washington County

167 North Main Street, Suite 100

Washington, PA 15301-4354

Phone: (724)223-4540

Fax: (724)223-4677

Wayne County

615 Erie Heights

Honesdale, PA 18431-1017

Phone: (570)253-7141

Fax: (570)253-7146

Westmoreland County

233 West Otterman St

Greensburg, PA 15601-2201

Phone: (724)832-5315

Fax: (724)832-5327

Monessen State Health Center

Monessen Municipal Complex

1 Wendell Ramey Lane

Suite 140

Monessen, PA 15062

Phone: (724)684-2945

Fax: (724)684-2933

Wyoming County

5632 SR 6

Tunkhannock, PA 18657

Phone: (570)836-2981

Fax: (570)836-4261

York County

1750 North George Street

York, PA 17404-1807

Phone: (717)771-4505

Fax: (717)854-0784

York City Residents

York City Bureau of Health

One Market Way West

Third Floor

York, PA 17401-1231

Phone: (717)849-2252

Fax: (717)849-2329

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