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Temporary Food Facilities

Temporary food facilities at community events often handle large volumes of food with limited physical facilities and equipment, making food safety especially important. Poor sanitation and hygiene practices can spread germs that cause diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, fever and, in certain circumstances, death.

A permit to operate a temporary food facility is required before the event may open for business. It is the event coordinator’s responsibility to also contact any other agencies, such as State Alcohol Beverage Control Board, Fire Department, City or County Planning Department, or Building Department to obtain permits and approval.

Contra Costa Environmental Health inspects permitted facilities to ensure temporary food establishments operate in a safe and sanitary manner. These inspections ensure that temporary food facilities operate in compliance with local, state and federal regulations.

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