Temporary Food Permit & Event Organizer
Food Event Organizers:
Celebrations Fairs & Festival Organizers
Organizers of food events have an inherent responsibility to the public to provide a safe and healthy event. The Health Department also has similar responsibilities and needs information in order to provide the proper resources to support a safe and healthy event in your community.
Temporary Food Events - Fairs, Festivals, Farmers Markets
Per Hamilton County Ordinance 16-20-7, each location utilized for food handling and preparation activities is required to be separately permitted per each business establishment and inspected within Hamilton County.
If preparation, handling, or packaging of food products occurs in another county, proof of permit from that county must be provided prior to being issued a temporary permit. Retail food preparation may not occur in a private residence. Temporary vendors utilizing leased commercial kitchen space to prepare food prior to a food event must obtain a separate Food Service operating permit for that food preparation location. The fees for a food service operating permit are based on numbers of employees. The fee for 1-9 employees is $200 and the permits are valid from January 1st to December 31st of the permitted year. The food service permit also allows for retailing food products from the preparation location. The food service application is available in the Food Permit Application section. All temporary food vendors must have a certified food handler, unless exempted by food type per IC 16-42-5.2.
The Hamilton County Health Department has developed an extensive Frequently Asked Questions document (PDF) regarding temporary food establishment. The document contains questions and answers on variety of topics ranging from permit requirements to food safety requirements.
Packets & Applications
- Temporary Vendor Application Packet (PDF) - Required for less than 14 days of continuous operation at single event.
- Annual Temporary Application Packet (PDF) - Required for less than 14 days of continuous operation, but seasonally operates possibly at multiple event or celebration related locations. Each temporary stand/booth requires a permit unless exempted by law.
- Temporary Wash Stations (PDF) - An informational handout on hand washing and Ware washing stations.
- Temporary Checklist (PDF) - A checklist of items that are inspected for during a temporary event. This document is also included in the application packet.
- Temporary Brochure (PDF) - A summary brochure of food operations and safety requirements for temporary events.