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Temporary Event Food Permit

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Required by any operation that provides food to the public. Examples include tents, booths or trailers at festivals and street fairs as well as events such as business grand openings, fundraisers, pancake breakfasts, etc.

TERM: A continuous period of operation of 10 days or less at one location.

FEE: Per booth at an event $111.00 



CONTACT: Ellyn Golden, Environmental Health License Coordinator, (847) 866-2947 or

IMPORTANT: Organizers of an event are responsible for providing a contact list of all participating vendors to the License Coordinator at least 10 days prior to an event.

  • APPLICATION (printable version, not available at this time): Temporary Event Food Permit Application

             Temporary Food Event Vendor Set Up Checklist and Sample Booth Diagram


  • use ice to hold potentially hazardous foods.
  • wash dishes or utensils during a temporary food event.
  • re-serve food.
  • store food and equipment in a private residence or unlicensed facility prior to the event.  Food intended for sale at temporary events must be obtained from and/or stored in a licensed facility or purchased the day of and taken straight to the event.


  • a tent to protect the food service area and sneeze guards for food service areas accessible to patrons.
  • handwashing stations and a bucket to catch wastewater.
  • buckets for soaking and rinsing wiping cloths.
  • water from a commercial source in a commercially-sealed container.

WE RECOMMEND you contact the Health Department to discuss your menu. Review the checklist included in the application to make sure you can meet the setup and operational requirements.

Evanston City Code

  • Title 8 Chapter 8 Food Service and Retail Food Store Sanitation

State of Illinois