Temporary Food Service

A temporary food service permit is required for outdoor food festivals, school lunch programs, pancake breakfasts, and other events where food is served to the public on a temporary basis.

Permit Application Steps

  1. Review the Temporary Food Service Requirements Booklet to learn about food safety at temporary food events.
  2. Print out and complete the Temporary Food Service Application.
  3. Submit the application form and fee to the appropriate Public Health Center at least 10 days prior to the event.

    Fees and requirements for Temporary Food Service Permits are based on a risk type. Your risk type is determined by the menu items and the amount of food preparation to be done on-site (see chart below). Once you know your risk type, refer to our fee page to find out the proper amount. Final determination of risk type and fee are made by the area Sanitarian. For any questions regarding your risk type determination, contact the area Sanitarian.

    * Note: The Sanitarians reserve the right to limit menu items to assure food safety.
    * Note: Fee exempt organizations must still obtain a permit and are subject to all permit requirements.
  4. After your permit application is processed, the permit will either be mailed to you or given to you on-site after an inspection.

Risk Type Definition

  • Risk Type 1 - Foods with minimal to no handling during preparation and service
    Risk Type 2 - Potentially hazardous foods that require limited handling and assembly on-site prior to cooking or serving OR non-potentially hazardous foods that require extensive on-site preparation.
    Risk Type 3 -  Potentially hazardous foods that require extensive preparation or assembly on-site prior to cooking or serving.

Fees can be exempt for operators who have Illinois not for profit status and are using the event for fundraising. A permit must still be obtained.