Caterers supply food and related services to clients at private or public functions held somewhere other than where the food was prepared. Caterers must obtain a permit. All food served by a caterer must be prepared at a location that has been approved by Environmental Health to serve as a commissary. To obtain a caterers permit, submit a complete application packet (PDF) with the appropriate fee (PDF) to Environmental Health. For individual pages from the application packet, please see our permits, forms, and fees page.
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Caterer - Same Owner from Permitted Food Facility
Restaurants or markets that wish to provide catering services are required to obtain a catering permit in addition to their current annual health permit. An example of catering is when a facility prepares the food, transports the food to the event to be catered, and provides staff services and/or multi-use utensils. A facility that only delivers food and disposable utensils with no additional services provided does not require a catering permit.
Cooks-for-Hire are individuals hired to prepare food at a client’s home or private function.
- Cooks-for-Hire must either use the client’s food or shop directly prior to arriving at the client’s home or private function.
- Cooks-for-Hire must handle and prepare all food at the location of the private function.
- No food is allowed to be stored, prepared, or handled at the private home of the Cook-for-Hire.
- Cooks-for-Hires do not require a health permit but must complete a Cook-for-Hire Statement (PDF) in order to obtain a business license.
Even though Environmental Health does not regulate Cooks-for-Hire, due to the risks involved, it is highly recommended by this office that all equipment be provided by the client and not the Cook-for-Hire him/herself.