Mobile Cooking Operations

What is a Mobile Cooking Operation? 

A Mobile Cooking Operation (MCO) is a vehicle or temporary concession site that is used to cook, sell or distribute food. The following is a sampling of units that would qualify as an MCO: 

  • Food truck 
  • Chip truck 
  • Doughnut Shack 
  • Hot Dog Cart 
  • Burger Wagon 

The MCO may utilize electricity, wood, charcoal, propane or natural gas as energy for cooking. To power lights, fans and cooling equipment they may use on-site generated or supplied electricity.  

More information on how to safely set up and operate an MCO may be found on the Municipal Affairs website.    

What Do I Need to Operate a Mobile Cooking Operation? 

St. Albert Fire Services and the City of St. Albert Inspections Branch require all MCOs to annually verify conformance to the Safety Codes Act, prior to operating within the City.  

Fill out the Application Form 

Complete the application form and submit it to

  • If you have City of Edmonton inspection approval, submit proof with your application.
  • If you do not have City of Edmonton inspection approval, your operation requires an inspection.

How to Book an Inspection 

    Inspections may also be booked by email (, at least two business days advance notice must be given.
    The City of St. Albert will be conducting a Food Truck Inspection Roundup.
    Locations and dates for 2022 are yet to be determined. Once they are set we will list the details on this page, stay tuned.

Inspection Fee: 

The Inspections Branch and Fire Services must complete an inspection prior to the issuance of a permit. A $125.00 fee will be charged for any operation requiring an inspection. Vendors will be invoiced via mail or email after the completion of an inspection. Permits will be granted after payment has been received.  

COVID-19 Inspection Requirements:  

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Last edited: September 1, 2021