Policy Summary

Provides a regulatory framework for the licensing of mobile food units (called Special Food Service Facility - Mobile Unit) that only sell food at Food Truck Hubs (as defined at §5-189.1(a) in the Prince George's County Code) or at special events, fairs, or festivals. These mobile units do not have to pay a licensing fee. The law establishes an insurance requirement, safety and sanitation requirements, creates a process for suspension/revocation of license, and creates an appeals process.

Background Information

State Maryland
Jurisdiction Name Prince George's County
Jurisdiction Type County,
Population Size 800,000+
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
  • Expressly allows something
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Distribute; Get;
Evidence for Health

This policy may correspond to diet-related strategies identified by the County Health Rankings’ What Works for Health tool, including:

For research on the potential effectiveness, please review the category links above.

We understand that this information is not comprehensive. It also does not include other important forms of evidence such as community members’ lived experiences and practice-based evidence.

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

Refers to "food deserts in underserved areas." §5-2801.

Health-related goal?

Refers to "food deserts," and increasing "public access to healthy food options." §5-2801.

Environmental goal?

Economic goal?

Refers to "encourag[ing] economic development" and "promot[ing] innovative entrepreneurship and revitalization." §5-2801.

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

"The purpose and intent of this legislation is to provide a regulatory framework for the licensing of a Special Food Service Facility...The provisions of this law are in response to the need to encourage economic development, increase public access to healthy food options, minimize or eliminate food deserts in underserved areas of the County, and promote innovative entrepreneurship and revitalization in furtherance of the public safety, health and welfare of the citizens and residents of Prince George's County." §5-2801.

Includes definitions?

§ 5-2802.

Addresses implementation?

Law sets for requirements for the licensing application and review process. §§5-2804 and 5-2808.

Enforcement provisions?

License may be suspended or revoked for non-compliance; Sec. 5-2809

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

Subtitle 5 (Businesses and Licenses); Division 28 (Special Food Service Facilities - Mobile Units). Ordinances: CB-51-2015; CB-48-2016.


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