Temporary Food Establishment Permit

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What is a temporary food establishment?

A “temporary food establishment” is a food establishment that operates at a fixed location for no more than 21 consecutive days in conjunction with a single event, like a: 

 • Fair • Festival • Fundraiser • Sporting event
 • Circus • Carnival • Convention • Similar public event

Individuals or groups planning to operate a temporary food establishment must obtain a temporary food establishment permit.

For more information about temporary food establishments and permit requirements, see Frequently Asked Questions.


How much does a permit cost?

Click here to view the Temporary Food Establishment Fee Schedule and Guidelines.


Courtesy Appllication


There are two ways to apply for a permit.

Application and payment must be received or postmarked at least 14 calendar days before the event to avoid a late fee.

  • Paper application
    Complete a paper application and bring it or mail it to the Health Department. 
  • Online application
    Complete an online application. Not available for Courtesy Applications.

Do you frequently operate a temporary food establishment?

Click here to learn about the Certified Booth Operator program.

Some things are not allowed at temporary food establishments.

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Raw milk.
  • Cooking gyro bundles or cones.
  • Cooling food of any kind.
  • Room temperature storage or time as a control for items like sushi rice.

If you are unsure if an item is allowed, you must call (253) 798-4709 to find out.


Call (253) 798-4709.