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:
- 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.
Call (253) 798-4709.