Many companies that are considering buying mobile office trailers pay a great deal of attention to the type of trailers that are for sale. Considering size, age, amenities and cost is certainly important; at the same time, it is equally important to make sure the trailers comply with state and federal regulations.

Field office and job site mobile office trailers may be exempt from some of the laws outlined below. However, it is always important to make sure that this is indeed the case. If you are working as a sub-contractor, find out more information from the company you are working for. Asking a lawyer for pertinent information can also be a good idea.

ADA and State Accessibility Codes

The ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) requires that a place of business be accessible for handicapped persons. This may mean installing a wheelchair ramp and/or making other modifications. State Accessibility Codes vary, so look into the laws of your state and make sure that you are able to comply with them before buying a trailer. Depending on where you work and what the trailer is needed for, you may find that purchasing an ADA compliant trailer is better than modifying one that is not compliant.


If the office trailer is being used in the same manner as a regular business office, then the company owner will need to purchase liability insurance. Additionally, there are other types of insurance that are not required by law but are still good to have, i.e. insurance that covers disasters that are common in your local area.

Before investing in one or more mobile office trailers, consider state and federal laws and make sure you can comply with them. Doing so can save your company a lot of time, hassle and expense in the long run.