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A Guide to Special Events with Food Vendors

Special Events are organized gatherings usually taking place out of doors.  These activities include but are not limited to farmer’s markets, festivals, block parties, and street fairs. Both event organizers and event vendors must obtain permits and/or licenses to be in compliance with city regulations. Each vendor handling food of any type must be individually approved by the Health Department and Department of Licenses & Inspections prior to selling goods to the public. Event organizers and all vendors must also have a Commercial Activity License. The main components of the guide are:

  • Requirements for events sponsors
  • Requirements for event participants that will sell or give away food
  • Health Department procedures and services
  • Department License & Inspections regulations
  • Contact information

The guide outlines the compliance process for event sponsors/organizers and event vendors. It is important for event sponsors to familiarize themselves with all requirements to ensure that all participants are in compliance with city regulations.  Read the entire guide for a complete explanation of the requirements for each City department.

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