About Temporary Food Facilities

Temporary Food Facilities are a food facility approved by the local enforcement agency to operate at a fixed location for the duration of the approved community event or Swap meet temporary food facilities include public, civic, political, or educational events, including state and county fairs, city festivals, circuses, and other public gatherings approved by this department.

If food is served or sold at the temporary food facilities, the participating event organizer and temporary food facilities, including food booths, Food Trucks and Carts, and Certified Farmers’ Markets are required to obtain a health permit and follow the requirements of the California Retail Food Code (Cal Code) .

When health and safety codes are followed in temporary food facilities, it can prevent the spread of food-related illness and helps keep the community and employees healthy and safe.

The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health’s Environmental Health Division (EHD) inspects food booths at temporary food facilities to make sure the food provided for human consumption is safe and free of contamination. Inspections focus on food safety practices and determining compliance with the health and safety code requirements for: safe food temperatures, safe food handling, employee hygiene, an adequate supply of water and hot water, and general sanitation.

Temporary Food Facilities in Los Angeles County are subject to state and local laws and regulations. The Environmental Health Division enforces regulations in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County and in contracted cities. Temporary food facilities organizers and temporary food facilities (food booths) that take place in Los Angeles County are required to obtain a health permit. They must comply with California Retail Food Code (Cal Code) requirements in order to fully operate and participate in a temporary food facilities. Please note if your business resides in the cities of Pasadena, Long Beach, or Vernon, review local guidelines to remain in compliance.

Public Health Permits for Temporary Food Facilities

If food is served or sold at a community event, the participating event organizer and temporary food facilities (food booths), are required to obtain a Community Event/Seasonal Event Permit and follow the requirements of the California Retail Food Code (Cal Code) .

  • Certified Farmers' Markets Page provides information on how to obtain a health permit and the health code requirements.
  • Food Trucks and Carts with a current Los Angeles County Permit may, if approved by the event organizer, participate at any community event. Food trucks and food carts not currently permitted by Los Angeles County must obtain a permit.

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Report a Problem

If you visit a temporary food facilities without a proper public health permit or observe health code violations in Los Angeles County, you may report this issue by calling the Customer Call Center at (888) 700-9995. or File a Complaint Online.

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