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Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I need a permit?

Who needs to get a temporary food establishment permit?

Do you plan to serve or sell food at events open to the public? You must get a permit. Your event is public if you advertise using:

  • Fliers.
  • Banners.
  • A-boards or signs.
  • Mentions in newspaper articles or ads.
  • Facebook, Twitter or other social media.
  • Any other form of public advertising.

Church dinners, by invitation only, or unadvertised events for members and their guests do not need a permit.

Do bake sales need a temporary food establishment permit?

Non-profit organizations operating for religious, charitable or educational purposes may hold bake sales with homemade baked goods not requiring temperature control. You must individually wrap items. A clearly visible sign at the point of sale must read, “Food was prepared at a kitchen not inspected by the Health Department.” Such bake sales do not need a permit.

What’s not allowed at temporary food establishments?

Some items and processes 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.

More information

Call (253) 798-4709.

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