Temporary Food Facility Health Permitting

What is the process?

Review Operational Requirements

Read and comply with the Requirements for Temporary Food Facility reference document.

Submit Temporary Food Facility Application

The Temporary Food Facility Operator shall submit a Temporary Food Facility Application form applicable to the type of permit being requested to Environmental Health Services a minimum of 14 days prior to the scheduled event.

Forms packets available for download:

Please note:

Temporary Food Facility applications will not be approved if the intended operation of the Temporary Food Facility is not in conjunction with a community event.

Individual forms available for download:

Please note:

If food items to be sold or distributed from the temporary food facility will be prepared in advance of an event at an alternate food facility location, i.e., not within the temporary food facility, approval of that alternate location is required in order to approve the permit to operate. Additional forms are required along with the health permit application.

Submit the following forms along with the permit application (also included in the forms packets above):



Pay the Health Permit Fee

The permit fee is due with the application. Please refer to the Environmental Health Permit Fee Schedule for more information.

Await Approval From Inspector

It is unlawful for a Temporary Food Facility to operate at an event without prior approval from Environmental Health Services.

The health inspector will review your completed application and sign off when approved. The inspector reviewing the application will contact you with any additional information that may be required, revisions needed, or when your application is approved. For Multiple-Event applicants, a paper Health Permit to Operate will be mailed within 2-4 weeks after receiving inspector approval.

Who can use this service?

This service is available to all businesses wishing to obtain an initial permit or renew a permit to operate a temporary food facility in conjunction with a community event taking place within San Luis Obispo County.  Temporary Food Facility applications will not be approved if the intended operation of the Temporary Food Facility is not in conjunction with a community event.

Is there a charge for this service?

Please refer to our Fee Schedule or contact our office at (805) 781-5544.

When and where is this service offered?

This service is available throughout the year during regular business hours except during scheduled holidays.

Please visit us, email us, contact us, or call our office to begin the process.

Location, directions and hours of operation

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Environmental Health Services Supervisors

Environmental Health Services is open Monday-Friday from 8am to 5pm. 

Cindy Rattigan (805) 781-5544 [email protected]

Jeremiah Damery (805) 781-5548  [email protected]

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