Do I need a temporary food establishment permit?
Do you plan to serve, sell or give away food at an event open to the public? You must get a permit. Your event is public if you advertise using:
- A-boards or signs.
- Newspaper ads or mentions in articles.
- 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.
Does my bake sale 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, including—but 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.
Still have questions?
Call (253) 798-4709.