Washington State

House of Representatives

Office of Program Research



Health Care & Wellness Committee

HB 2639

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Brief Description: Exempting certain mobile food units from state and local regulations pertaining to commissaries or servicing areas.

Sponsors: Representatives Buys, Peterson, Stokesbary, Graves, Stambaugh, Bergquist, Vick, Walsh, Volz, Shea, Blake and Young.

Brief Summary of Bill

  • Exempts certain mobile food units from requirements to store, prepare, portion, and package food in a separate food establishment.

Hearing Date: 1/30/18

Staff: Sydney Sullivan (786-7291) and Jim Morishima (786-7191).


A mobile food unit is a readily moveable food establishment. All mobile food units must be operated from an approved commissary or servicing area. A mobile food unit must return to the commissary or servicing area to obtain supplies, to complete thorough cleaning, and wash utensils.

A licensed owner of a mobile food unit must submit a plan of operation with the following specifications regarding the mobile food unit:

A local board of health may impose additional requirements to protect against health hazards that are related to the operation of a mobile food unit which may include limiting authorized food preparation steps, prohibiting some menu items, and restricting the mode of a mobile food unit's operation when facilities and equipment are inadequate.

"Commissary" means an approved food establishment where food is stored, prepared, portioned, or packaged for service elsewhere.

"Servicing area" means an operating base location to which a mobile food unit or transportation vehicle returns regularly for such things as vehicle and equipment cleaning, discharging liquid or solid wastes, refilling water tanks and ice bins, and boarding food.

Summary of Bill:

Mobile food units are exempt from all state and local requirements to operate a mobile food unit from an approved commissary or servicing area if:

Appropriation: None.

Fiscal Note: Available.

Effective Date: The bill takes effect 90 days after adjournment of the session in which the bill is passed.