Mobile Food Vendors


A mobile food establishment is defined as a restaurant or retail food establishment where food is served or sold from a movable vehicle, pushcart, trailer, or boat which periodically or continuously changes location and requires a service base to accommodate the unit for servicing, cleaning, inspection and maintenance. Mobile food establishment does not include a vehicle that is used solely to transport or deliver food or a common carrier regulated by the state or federal government, or a movable concession stand designed to operate as a temporary food establishment.

Mobile Food Establishment operators must have the following three documents:

  • City of West Allis Mobile Food license. Please Note: We are able to accept food licenses from other jurisdictions/municipalities per State mandate
  • Copy of Service Base license or Restaurant license that is the service base; or variance for no service base from DATCP
  • City of West Allis Food Peddler's License from the City Clerk's Office at City Hall, which is located at 7525 W Greenfield Avenue, West Allis, WI 53214.  You may also download the application here (PDF) or call 414-302-8220.


To apply for a City of West Allis Mobile Food License: 

  • For mobile food establishments that will operate only in West Allis
  • Please call 414-302-8600 to apply for a license
  • Fees are based on the complexity of the food preparation and are determined by what is being served, processed, and sold (menu)
  • West Allis Mobile vendors licensed by West Allis are not charged an additional inspection fee


  • You must have a valid Peddler's License from the City Clerk's Office:
  • Call 414-302-8220 to apply, or download the application here (PDF)
  • Cost: $116
  • Valid July 1st through June 30th (annual)
  • You may be inspected by the West Allis Health Department:
  • Cost: $50 (for other jurisdiction licensed mobile  food establishments only)
  • You may be inspected by the West Allis Fire Department


  • West Allis Health Department: 414-302-8600
  • West Allis Fire Department: 414-302-8901
  • West Allis City Clerk: 414-302-8220
  • West Allis Downtown (BID): 414-774-2676
    Visit the BID's website for a list of events that the BID hosts.


Advisory: The environmental health specialist or fire inspector may impose additional requirements to protect against health hazards related to the conduct of the mobile food establishment, may prohibit the sale of some or all TCS foods, and when no health hazard will result, may waive or modify requirements to these rules relating to physical facilities. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in the closing of your operations.