Mobile Food Units

Mobile Food Unit Permitting Requirements

On February 21st, 2023, the City of Ennis updated regulations in the Code of Ordinances pertaining to mobile food units. Mobile food units must obtain an annual inspection and permit in order to operate within the City limits. The City of Ennis does not allow pushcarts or stand-alone kiosks as a mobile food unit. The only exception to this requirement is participation at a permitted Special Event or Farmers' Market.

I own a mobile food unit and want to operate in Ennis. 

First and foremost, it is important to be familiar with the city limits when determining where you want to operate. Surrounding jurisdictions will likely have differing regulatory requirements. It is your responsibility to make sure you are operating in compliance with the regulations in place for that particular jurisdiction. 

A Mobile Food Unit Permit Application Packet must be filled out and submitted to The documents will be reviewed for compliance with the Texas Food Establishment Rules as well as adopted fire safety measures.

Once the application has cleared, our staff will contact the applicant to provide instructions regarding payment and to schedule an onsite inspection of the unit. Inspections are scheduled for a specific date and time.

If the mobile unit is approved following the onsite inspection by the Health Department and the Fire Marshal, a permit will be issued for the unit.

What if I want a food truck at my event?

If you are having a private catered event or party that is not open to the public, there are no permit requirements for either your event or the mobile food unit that you contract with.

If your event is open to the public, you will need to obtain a Temporary Food Permit. To ensure compliance with zoning regulations, your site must be approved for food trucks or tent food vendors to operate.

Mobile Food Unit Guidelines

Mobile Food Unit Guidance Document (PDF)

Permitting Documents

Application Packet (PDF) 

Mobile Food Unit Application (PDF)

Commissary Verification Agreement (PDF)

Route Itinerary (PDF)

Use of Property_Restroom Agreement (PDF)


Commissary Service Log (PDF)

Mobile Food Units - Code 228.221 (PDF)