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Mobile Food Vehicles

Online Application and Payment Process

The City of Boulder is committed to and prepared for providing all essential services to our community during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Most City of Boulder buildings and facilities are closed until Protect Our Neighbors-level Green status is achieved in Boulder County in an effort to help limit the spread of coronavirus, but all Regulatory Licensing Office staff members are still working and continuing to provide services via email and by phone. 

Given this, City Licensing Staff have developed new processes for receiving License applications through online submission using our EnerGov system via a customer's CSS account to ensure timely filings and payments.  The application packet in the menu to the right has been updated with online instructions and links for the submittal of this license application type.

We hope that these innovative and expedited processes for online application filing and payment continues to provide our customers with excellent customer service.

If you have any questions, please contact our Licensing Staff at [email protected]



Mobile Food Vehicle (MFV) Licensing Process

1.   Obtain a Colorado Retail Food Establishment License for your MFV
Boulder County Public Health Department
3450 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80304
2.   Have your truck inspected and approved by Boulder Fire- these inspections must be pre-scheduled using the document in the city application and email that document to: [email protected]
3.   You must submit your completed city business license application prior to your MFV application to the sales tax division. Please apply here:
4.    Please complete the city application with all required documents on the checklist. Submit the application using the online Customer Self Service Portal and pay the city fees via credit card payment or e-check online too. Credit card payments are subject to an added 2.85% service fee.
Further instructions are included in city license application packet linked in the right- hand menu.


On April 26, 2011, Boulder City Council passed an ordinance allowing mobile food vehicles, under certain conditions, in some areas of the City of Boulder.  As of June 1, 2011, in order to legally operate a mobile food vehicle, you must apply for and receive a mobile food vehicle license from the City of Boulder licensing division.  Both the licensing and sales tax areas will review and process applications for mobile food vehicles (MFVs).

How it Affects Your Business

Please see the main BRC section on Mobile Food Vehicles (and any other related sections) to understand how it affects your business: BRC 9-6-5 (d).

Processing Time & License Duration

We expect the MFV licensing process to take approximately 4 weeks, from application filing to license issuance.  MFV licenses will be valid until March 1st of the applicable year.


City Manager Rule Regulating Mobile Food Vehicle Licensing - Rule 4-1-12.A.19