What permits do I need to sell food at a fair, festival or community event?

You need to purchase a Temporary Food Establishment Permit from our office. Please contact our office at least two (2) weeks before your event, so we can process the application and issue a permit before purchasing or preparing food. For more information, please visit our Food Permits webpage.

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1. Do I need a permit to operate a restaurant, grocery store, tavern or similar facility?
2. I just bought a food establishment business, what permits do I need from the Health Department?
3. I am planning to open a restaurant or other food establishment in Whatcom County, what should I do first?
4. What is a temporary food establishment?
5. What events require a temporary food establishment permit?
6. What permits do I need to sell food at a fair, festival or community event?
7. What is a public event?
8. What forms of payment do you accept?
9. How do I receive my permit?
10. Do I still need a permit if I am not charging for the food?
11. Where do I obtain a food worker card?
12. I have a current food worker card, do I still need a temporary food establishment permit?
13. I am organizing an event and I want to invite multiple food vendors. What do I need to do?
14. I am a permitted caterer in Whatcom County, do I need a permit to offer food at an event?
15. What type of equipment do I need to operate a temporary food establishment event?
16. I’m an out of county food vendor: what type of permit do I need to offer food at an event and can I make food at my restaurant and serve it at a Whatcom County event?
17. I have a current permit for operating a mobile unit in Whatcom County: do I need an additional permit to operate at a temporary event?
18. What permit do I need to operate at the Northwest Washington Fair (NWWF)?
19. What type of produce am I allowed to offer at a temporary food establishment event?
20. Where do I clean utensils?
21. My proposed menu requires advanced preparation of food, can I make and prepare food at home?
22. Can I cook food, cool it down and reheat it later for service?
23. I would like to have a petting zoo at my event: what are the requirements?
24. Do I need any additional permits to have a temporary food establishment event?
25. How do I find out more information?