Mobile Food Unit (Food Trucks) Permits Guide


The purpose of this guide is to provide information about necessary permits and approvals to operate a mobile food unit in Fairfax County. For information about starting a business, see the Virginia Business One Stop and Starting a Business in Fairfax County.

Permits for Individual Events

If you are seeking information about permits for individual events, such as fairs, festivals, swim meets and other one-time gatherings, please contact the Zoning Permit Section at or 703-222-1082.

While operating at events that have been issued a Fire Prevention Code Permit (FPCP) by the Office of the Fire Marshal, food trucks are also subject to inspection by the Fire Marshal  for compliance with the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code. For more information, please contact the Fire Inspections Branch at 703-246-4849.

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