This morning I received a call from a client stating that he received an email from the City of Houston rejecting his application to receive a mobile food permit. I reviewed the email, and his application was rejected because of their "unique" requests.
Please, please, please hear me when I say this -- before you spend $1 on a food truck (new or used) go to your local city/county mobile food department and advise them that you want to start a food truck and you need to know the requirements. The requirements are different in each city/county. However, it is important that you do this because it can save you a TON of money!
Had the client gone to the City of Houston first, retrieved the necessary paperwork to start, he could've taken this information to the food truck builder to ensure that all requirements were met during the build out process. Unfortunately, the client didn't hire me until the food truck was completely built. But, we will get it figured out! It just may cost more money :(
P.S. The client and I are going to resubmit the paperwork, and now we will have to wait another 2-3 weeks to receive an update. Also, the City of Houston requires a (3) compartment sink that is at least 15 x 15 x 12. The builder has been using sinks that are 10 x 10 x 12...sooo...the builder will have to install a new sink. THIS is a perfect example of why I say, "go get the paperwork FIRST!!" The great thing about this particular food truck builder, Jerusalem Custom Food Trucks, is that they guarantee to make any changes needed to pass inspection at no additional cost to the client :)
If you haven't done so, book a free 15 minute chat with me so you can avoid these unnecessary headaches. Whew!