From reading a thread or two of people doing this, building their own trailers… You will need to treat it as a brick and mortar build in some areas. Call in the building inspectors as well as the health department. But this would depend on your area I guess and your health department. I would check with your local health department first before doing anything.
Yes all the proper local and state agencies will be talked to. However they can’t answer every question. Especially as to whether or not it’s worth it to build my own or buy something used. Plus they can’t offer me real live experience. They can offer codes that must be followed.
That is pretty much what I went through. It is very difficult to get a license like I have here in MI to serve food to the public. I am licensed and regulated just like a brick and mortar restaurant. The “code” book is an inch thick and the guys at the local HD really could not answer all of my questions regarding my little mobile trailer. I was kind of an oddity as I later found out, just for the fact I went the whole nine yards and did all of the work to actually get my license. I was told that many came in to get the “packet” and are never seen again. I was the first guy in a year or two to actually do it. The guys at the HD were very nice and helped me the very best that they could, I have no complaints with them. But the “state”, now that is another story, and the HD guys and gals let it be known that some of it was quite silly.
After all was said and done I have come to this conclusion, this is not a poor mans sport, at least here in MI. And they wonder why we have over 20%+ unemployment here? This is not a business friendly state in the least as they seem hell bent on making it very difficult and extremely expensive to do any business here. I shudder at the thought of having to hire someone…