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The California Health and Safety Code, Sec. 114387 requires a Temporary Food Facility (TFF) Permit of any person or organization that is providing food at a public event. All food vendors, including existing restaurants, are required to apply for a Temporary Food Facility Permit when participating in a temporary event.  A TFF permit is valid for one single food booth only. If a vendor is operating more than one booth at an event, a permit must be obtained for each booth location. Separate applications must be submitted. If a vendor will be operating at more than one event in San Diego County on the same day, each location must also be permitted separately. This applies to all TFF permit types, including single and multi-event.
 

WHAT IS A TEMPORARY FOOD FACILITY PERMIT?


The California Health and Safety Code section 114387 requires a Temporary Food Facility (TFF) Permit of any person or organization providing food at a permitted public event. All food vendors, including existing restaurants, are required to apply for a Temporary Food Facility Permit when participating in a temporary event. There are 2 types of TFF permits in San Diego County, a TFF Organizer permit and a TFF Vendor permit for operating a booth. A permit is required for public events providing food and shall be applied for at least 30 days prior to the event start date. Should you have any questions, feel free to call our Temporary Events Line (858) 505-6809 or email fhdtempevents@sdcounty.ca.gov.

PLEASE NOTE: 07/2017 - APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY BEING UPDATED AND WILL INCLUDE UPDATED FEES. 
 

REQUIREMENTS


Refer to the California Retail Food Code (CalCode), Chapter 11 (Health & Safety Code, Sections 114335 to 114363) for Temporary Food Facility requirements. Temporary Food Facilities must also meet all applicable requirements in CalCode Chapters 1 to 8, inclusive, Chapter 12.6, and Chapter 13, unless specifically exempted.
 

NEW PERMIT HOLDER


1. Submit a complete application and applicable fees. 07/2017 - BEING UPDATED - TFF Organizer permit     TFF Vendor permit
2. Applications and fees can be mailed, submitted in person, or emailed to fhdtempevents@sdcounty.ca.gov. Ensure checks are made payable to “County of San Diego”.
3. Applications for Temporary Food Facility annual permits must include a Commissary Agreement Letter and evidence of a Food Safety Certificate.
4. If approved, the “Temporary Food Facility Permit" will be issued by the Environmental Health Specialist on the day of the event, or issued through your Event Organizer.

EXISTING PERMIT HOLDER


If you already have a valid "Temporary Food Facility Permit" issued by this department, please do the following:

1. Provide the Temporary Food Facility Event Organizer with a photocopy of your permit.
2. The original permit must be posted in the booth when open for business, photocopies will not be accepted.
 

TRAINING


Please view our PowerPoint presentation, "Certified Farmers' Markets and Temporary Events", designed specifically for farmers' markets and temporary event organizers.

Agriculture, Weights and Measures (AWM) has created a Self-Inspection Checklist for operators at Certified Farmers' Markets.  Please view their PowerPoint presentation, "Certified Farmers' Market Self-Inspection Checklist", for more information.
 

CONTACT US

If you have questions regarding obtaining a health permit for a temporary event, please contact us.

Temporary Event Phone: (858) 505-6809

Temporary Events E-mail: fhdtempevents@sdcounty.ca.gov

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