Why is a health permit required?

The Legislature finds and declares that the public health interest requires that there be statewide health and sanitation standards for food facilities to assure the people of this state, that the food provided to consumers is safe, unadulterated and honestly presented through adoption of science-based standards. Regulations are found in the California Retail Food Code (Cal Code).

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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?