A temporary special food service facility is a facility operating for a temporary period of time in conjunction with a fair, carnival, recreational facility or other public event. Public event means a planned gathering that is open to the public which is advertised with fliers, newspaper ads, banners, or internet websites as being open to the general public regardless of whether a fee is charged or not. The facility does not operate for more than 14 days at a fixed location.
A temporary food service facility permit is required to provide food service to the public. Examples of events that require a permit are:
• Fundraising dinners
• Outdoor carnivals and fairs
• Restaurants serving preparing/serving food at an event at an off-site location
• Refreshments or concessions served at sporting events open to the general public
• School festivals
An application to be a temporary special food service facility must be completed and submitted prior to each public event.
Apply for the permit a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the event using any of the following methods:
• Fax - (301)600-3180
• Hand Deliver
• Mail - Allow 3-4 weeks minimum
Environmental Health Services Office
350 Montevue Lane
Frederick, MD 21702.
Upon receipt, a sanitarian will review the application, contact the applicant to discuss the application and requirements, and if approved, process the permit.
Once approved, the permit must be picked up at the Environmental Health Services office.