Is a food vendor considered a food facility?

Yes. See section 114381.2 of the California Retail Food Code. A permit application shall be submitted to the enforcement agency by each temporary food facility operator that includes all of the following:

  • A booth plan that indicates the proposed layout of equipment, food preparation tables, food storage, ware washing, and hand washing facilities.
  • Details of the materials and methods used to construct the temporary food facility including required netting/screens/walls.
  • All food products that will be handled and dispensed.
  • The proposed procedures and methods of food preparation and handling.
  • Procedures, methods, and schedules for cleaning utensils, equipment, and structures, and for the disposal of refuse.
  • How food will be transported to and from a permanent food facility or other approved food facility to the temporary food facility. Including steps taken to prevent contamination of foods.
  • How potentially hazardous foods will be maintained at or below 41° Fahrenheit or at or above 135° Fahrenheit.

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1. What is a community event?
2. What is an Event Organizer/Coordinator and when are they required?
3. What are the responsibilities of the Event Organizer?
4. Do food vendors need a permit to sell or give away food?
5. Where may a food vendor setup to sell or give away food/drink?
6. Is a food vendor considered a food facility?
7. Why is a health permit required?
8. My food is prepackaged. Do I still need a permit?
9. I am only selling or giving away drinks. Do I still need a permit?
10. Can I prepare food at my home for sale/distribution from a temporary food facility?
11. Do I need a permit if I’m a non-profit organization?
12. Do I need a permit to have a private party?
13. Do church potlucks or private club dinners need a permit?
14. How long is the permit valid?
15. I already have a permit for my restaurant in Placer County. Does that permit me to participate in temporary events?
16. Are other fee reductions available?
17. When do I need to submit my application?
18. Is there a printable version of this FAQ?