Temporary Events

Coronavirus COVID 19 Directive

As of June 15th, 2021 the State of California will be re-opening the economy and moving beyond the blueprint tier system.  Mega Events as defined under new California State guidance  Beyond the Blueprint Framework for Industry and Business Sectors, with Limited Exceptions (ca.gov)  explains safety protocols for community events (mega Events) and other business sectors.  After June 15, 2021 vendors may operate Temporary Food Facilities at sponsored community events (Mega Events).  All protocols found at Beyond the Blueprint Framework for Industry and Business Sectors, with Limited Exceptions (ca.gov) for masking, social distancing, vaccination attestation, and negative COVID testing results must be complied with in collaboration with the community event sponsor.  In the case of event cancellation, fifty percent (50%) of the paid permit fee may be refunded upon department approval.

Thank you for your interest in the Alameda County Department of Environmental Health Temporary Food Facility (TFF) program. A TFF is more commonly referred to as a food booth and is only allowed to operate at sponsored community events.  Alameda County permits over 400 sponsored community events every year and permits over 3000 TFF’s per year.  This includes events such as the Alameda County Fair, Oakland Art and Soul Festival, Alameda Spring Fair, Fremont Art and Wine Festival, Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Festival, Hayward Zucchini Festival and hundreds of others.  

Please review all of the informational material available below prior to completing the application:

California Health and Safety Code (CALCODE) defines a community event as an event conducted for not more than 25 consecutive or nonconsecutive days in a 90-day period and that is of a civic, political, public, or educational nature.  If you are interested in sponsoring a community event please complete and submit the application at the link below at least 60 days prior to the event date.

California Health and Safety Code (CALCODE) defines a Temporary Food Facility as a food facility that operates in conjunction with a sponsored community event for a period of time not to exceed 25 consecutive or nonconsecutive days in any 90-day period.  Annual or transferable TFF permits are not available.  You must apply for a TFF permit for each event.  If you are interested in operating a TFF, please complete and submit the application at the link below at least 30 days prior to the event date.   50% of the permit fee maybe refunded upon cancellation of the event or if the application is rejected.

To inquire about the status of your submitted application or pending permit, or to ask a general question about temporary events, contact us at dehtempevent@acgov.org.  Please include the event name, name of the booth, date of the event and your contact information.  We will get back to you within 24 hours.

Fee Exemption
To request a review for a fee exemption, you may do so if you are a Sole Proprietor Veteran or a qualified 501 (c) (3) providing humanitarian assistance for the poor, suffering and distressed.  You must submit the forms below with your application.  If you do not meet the requirements you will be required to pay the permit fees.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, a permit is always required to sell, give away or sample any food or drinks to the public.

Once you are accepted to a community event you must complete the application at the link provided here:  Temporary Food Facility Permit Application

Read all instructions on the application and submit the complete application at least 30 working days prior to the event date.  Any incomplete applications will be rejected.  Submit the application to dehwebbilling@acgov.org and pay your permit fee.  After the application is reviewed by an inspector, you will be contacted by email regarding approval or denial.  Check your email/junk mail and voicemail regularly.  We may need to request more information from you.  If we cannot make contact, the approval process will not continue.

No. Annual TFF permits are not available in Alameda County.

No. The permit to operate a restaurant does not cover temporary events, even if the event it is on the street outside your facility.

You must work in conjunction with a sponsored community event.  You must complete the application and answer all questions on the application.  A commercial kitchen agreement must be signed and submitted with your application if any food or beverage is prepared prior to the event.  Foods are not allowed to be prepared at home unless you are an approved Cottage Food Operator.  If you produce a packaged food and store that food for more than seven (7) days you must provide your CA Food Processor Registration with your application. 

Yes.  An inspector will inspect your TFF and determine compliance with the California Health and Safety Code (CalCode).  These requirements are described on the TFF application, so read carefully to avoid temporary or permanent closure of the facility.  You may also refer to http://www.acgov.org/aceh/food/Temporary-Event-Booth-PreinspectionSelf-Inspection-Form.pdf for questions regarding food safety requirements.

Yes.  You may be approved for a fee exemption if you qualify under the Alameda County Ordinance Title 6.  http://www.acgov.org/aceh/food/Fee-Exemption-Requirements.pdf  and http://www.acgov.org/aceh/food/AlCo-NON-PROFIT-FORM-for-TFF.pdf.  The request will be denied if qualifications are not met and regular fees will apply. 

You may need to contact California Alcoholic Beverage Control, California Board of Equalization for sales tax payments or the local fire department. Your event coordinator should be able to advise you.

Yes. BBQ and deep fat frying must be conducted outside the booth, in an area fenced off from the public. All other food prep must be inside the booth. Always check with your local Fire Department if you will be working with open flames.

The Special Events Coordinator may be able to schedule a meeting with you prior to the event.  Submit your request for consult at dehtemevent@acgov.org at least 2 months before your event.

No. You are required to demonstrate knowledge in safe food handling.  Please complete the food safety quiz attached to the TFF application and submit it with your application. 

Get Adobe Reader