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State Registration of Mobile Food Establishments

Please refer to the MFE Frequently Asked Questions, which includes information about the registration process.

Starting July 1, 2019, you can apply for your State registration.

Note: Our application connects directly with the State Fire Marshal's office to stream line the application and inspection process.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Jorge Bannister at Jorge.bannister@dbr.ri.gov.

Regulation Update:

This is an update on the Department of Business Regulation’s (“Department”) implementation plan for the State Mobile Food Establishment Registration Act (“Act”), R.I. Gen Laws Chapter 5-11.1, and the regulations promulgated thereunder, 230-RICR-30-35-1.

  • The comment period for the Regulation has closed.
  • The Department has reviewed all comments, and made changes based on those comments. Here is the Concise Explanatory Statement, which summarizes comments and changes.
  • The Regulation is final, and will be effective July 1, 2019.

Compliance Timeline:

To ease the burden on municipalities during this transition period, state registration by Mobile Food Establishments (“MFE”) will be optional in 2019. Therefore, municipalities may choose to continue using their current MFE permit process until December 31, 2019, along with the following required limited changes.

View the Compliance Timeline.

State Registration System:

The Department is working with the State Division of Enterprise Technology Strategy and Services (“ETSS”) to design a MFE registration system within the ViewPoint e-Permitting Platform. ETSS intends for this process to be ready for online State registrations by July 1, 2019.

  • MFE’s will complete the online State Registration in this system.
  • The results of the State Fire Marshal Fire Safety Inspections will be documented in this system.
  • MFEs will be able to apply for municipal permits through the same system if the municipality to which they are applying for a permit is a current participant in the Viewpoint e-Permitting platform.
  • The Department will be offering trainings and guidance documents to municipal employees on how to use the system.