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    • #13694
      Steven TempletonSteven Templeton

      I was wondering if anyone has suggestions for chip truck inspections that they my have done?

    • #13696
      Lukasz KasprzykLukasz Kasprzyk

      Woodstock has a chip wagon mobile vendor licencing bylaw which applies to a chip wagons that are mobile or anchored at a specific location. So if it’s anchored and made permanent (see below explanation) we require compliance with articles and which is the whole NFPA96 standard. If the chip wagon is mobile, we are more relaxed on but expect records for because technically the fire code does not apply to vehicles or wagons. No records for means no mobile vendor licence under the bylaw which is enforced by bylaw officers. The bylaw also requires a certificate of inspection under TSSA for propane connections.

      Here is info from OFM Opinions & Applications for the Fire Code that they put out years ago which is no longer available on their website which pertains to application of article Commercial cooking installation:

      Question: Does this article apply to chip wagons?
      Answer: No. Chip wagons, vans or trailers are typically motorized highway vehicles that have been equipped with commercial cooking equipment consisting of at least a deep fat fryer. As a highway vehicle, a chip wagon does not fall under the jurisdiction of the Fire Code.

      Question: Does this Article apply to a chip wagon that is located at one site?
      Answer: The Fire Code definition for a building is less prescriptive than found in the Building Code and deals with a structure used or intended for supporting or sheltering any use or occupancy. Where a chip wagon has taken on sufficient elements of site permanence, Fire Code provisions could be used to require exhaust and fire protection systems for an active business. Elements of permanence could be: lack of or expired licence plates, foundation under axles or frame, permanent attachment of services (power, water, sewers)
      removal of engine, modification of vehicle to render it untowable, regular hours of commerce.

      Fire departments should be aware of the provisions of other laws or by-laws that could also apply, such as those relating to building permits, zoning approval, spatial separations, parking, access and air emissions. Nevertheless, a specific by-law identifying the controls required by the municipality for chip wagons (particularly those which are mobile) would provide the clearest path to obtaining fire protection and exhaust systems.

    • #13697

      We too have a bylaw requiring chip trucks to have a license and part of that license is to have an inspection and written letter of approval from the fire dept. thankfully all of our chip trucks are made non-mobile (wheels removed, connected to at least 2 utilities, or a trailer which is not easily moved) so we apply the fire code requirements to them. we do have a checklist that we usually accompany with our inspection, if your interested I can email it to you

      • #13716
        Steven TempletonSteven Templeton

        Hi Nicholas, yes if you have a checklist I would be interested in looking at it.

        Thank you,

        Steve Templeton


    • #13762
      Joseph GardinerJoseph Gardiner


      North Bay has set out the requirements in a food venders licensing by-law. The criteria we look for is captured in a checklist we created. Send me your email and I will forward you  a copy.

    • #13763

      hey steven, email me at and i will send you what we have.

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