In order to operate a temporary food booth that is open to the public, a temporary food establishment permit must be obtained. Public events are those that are advertised to the public.
Temporary events may include county fairs, rodeos, farmers markets, flea markets, fundraisers, and sporting events.
Vendors at unadvertised events, such as church dinners or events for members and their guests only, are not required to have temporary food booth permits. Nonprofit organizations operating for religious, charitable, or educational purposes may hold bake sales with homemade goods (that do not require temperature control) without a permit. These items must be prepared and individually wrapped in a sanitary manner. There must be a visible sign stating that the foods are prepared in a home kitchen that is not inspected by a regulatory authority.
Submission for a temporary food establishment permit must be received at least 5 days prior to the event to avoid a late fee.