Health code regulations are dictated by Virginia County Health Departments and as a result, they vary across the state of Virginia. 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.
County requirements may also ensure that the food cart has built-in facilities for achieving appropriate hygiene levels for the cart, the equipment and utensils being used, and the operator handling the food. This may include hot and cold running water, an insulated ice box, and a number of separate sinks for washing hands and utensils. Some areas specify that a cart have as many as four of these sinks. Always check with your local Virginia county health department to confirm your hot dog carts requirements.
Virginia local or state codes may require the food cart to be physically inspected by the Virginia local county health department, and that a cart operator attend a training course in safe food handling and preparation.
- State of Virginia Department of Health Link
- State of Virginia County Health Departments
- Virginia County Health Departments Reference Map