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Requirements for Temporary Food Facilities

Event Coordinator Responsibilities

The event coordinator is responsible for completing the permit application, submitting all fees, checklists, and the completed permit, and ensuring that the Food Booth Vendor Information Checklists are complete. A copy of this handout and the checklist must be given to each booth vendor.

Permit Required

A permit to operate a temporary food facility is required before the event may open for business.

Application Process

The event coordinator must submit a complete application packet, including the Application For Temporary Food Event Permit, Vendor/Operator Information, and required fees at least two (2) weeks before the event. The Vendor/Operator Information and checklist must be completed by the booth operator containing their signature, printed name, and date. Failure to submit the application at least (2) weeks before the event, will result in additional late fees or prevent approval of the permit.


A non-refundable application fee of $39.00 is required along with a fee of $171.00 per booth for 1-2 booths; $124.00 per booth for 3-7 booths; or $110.00 per booth for 8 or more booths. Failure to submit the Temporary Food Event packet two weeks prior to the event will result in a $150.00 penalty fee. Also, when additional booths are found during the temporary event inspection and are not included in the permit, a penalty fee of $233.00 plus each booth fee will be billed to the event coordinator.

Non-profit booths must provide documentation confirming their current non-profit status and non-profit tax number. Those individuals claiming veteran’s fee exemption must submit a copy of the DD214 form. A non-refundable application fee of $39.00 is required along with the complete application packet.

Training and Pre-meeting Available:

Contra Costa Environmental Health staff are available for training and pre-meetings with booth operators and event coordinators. Training covers sanitation requirements for temporary food facilities and safe food handling practices.

For information on scheduling a training session or pre-meeting, please contact the Environmental Health office at 925-692-2500.

Sanitation Requirements

All temporary event food facilities (i.e. booths/ food and beverage vendors) must comply with health and safety standards.

Food Sources

  • Foods and beverages must be from a licensed or registered food facility.
  • Shellfish Harvest Tags must be available and provided at all times (i.e. oysters, clams, mussels, scallops).
  • Meats and fish must be from an approved source (i.e. invoices are available).
  • Each booth/vendor must be identified with operator or business name and business address.

Contra Costa Environmental Health
2120 Diamond Boulevard, #200
Concord, CA 94520
925-692-2502 fax