Mobile and Temporary Restaurants

​​​​Mobile Restaurants

All mobile restaurants, mobile service bases and commissaries not licensed during the previous year must be inspected before opening for business. If a mobile service base is located in a different jurisdiction from the mobile restaurant, the operator of the mobile restaurant must first apply for a permit for the mobile service base in this different jurisdiction. Licensure as a temporary restaurant does not exempt an operator from licensure as a mobile restaurant.

​Temporary Restaurant Permits

A temporary restaurant is a food establishment that operates at a fixed location for a period of no more than 14 days in conjunction with a single event or celebration such as a fair, carnival, circus, public exhibition, anniversary sale or occasional sales promotion.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, or a Local Public Health Department, acting as an Agent to the State, may limit or modify the nature of the food service or the food being served to protect the health and safety of the general public. Temporary food stand operators may be limited in terms of type of food served, methods of preparation and storage, the number of persons served or the type of utensils. The requirement of the permit and/or inspection is to ultimately ensure that the public is receiving the safest food possible and to prevent foodborne disease outbreaks.

Chapter 97 of the Wisconsin State Statutes requires that person(s) operating a food service establishment have a valid license issued by the Department and/or Agent health department. These license types are transferable from one location to another, meaning that if you have a license from Sheboygan County, you can travel to Marathon County to operate without additional licensing from Marathon County. All local jurisdictions reserve the right to inspect your unit and charge an inspection fee when you are operating within their boundaries.

Where you get the permit will depend on whether the event is located in an agent health department’s jurisdiction or in an area that is under the State’s jurisdiction.