Temporary Food Booths
In Snohomish County, if you operate a temporary food booth that is open to the public, you must obtain a permit. Examples of events that require temporary food booth permits include:
- Fairs and festivals
- Sporting events
- Carnivals or circuses
Do you need a temporary food permit?
All food booth vendors are required to have a permit to operate at events that are open to the public. An event is considered public if you advertise it, including with fliers, banners, newspaper articles, and on line.
The Snohomish Health District requires at least 1 person working in your booth to have a valid food worker card posted, but we encourage all people working the booth to have valid cards.
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.
Your temporary permit fee depends on the type of food you will be serving. Booths that serve potentially hazardous foods are considered high risk and have higher fees. Potentially hazardous foods include animal products (meat, fish, poultry, seafood, eggs, and dairy products), cooked starches (rice, beans, pasta, and potatoes), all cooked vegetables and tofu, fresh leafy greens, and fresh cut melons and tomatoes.
Requirements and applications for temporary food booths