Temporary Event Permit Fees

ADVISORY NOTES:

  • SELLING FOOD OR BEVERAGES WITHOUT A VALID HEALTH PERMIT WILL RESULT IN THE IMMEDIATE CLOSURE OF THE FOOD FACILITY, MAY RESULT IN THE ISSUANCE OF A MISDEMEANOR CITATION, POSSIBLE FINES, AND DENIAL OF FUTURE HEALTH PERMITS.​

  • PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2012, THE EVENT COORDINATOR FEES IS BASED ON THE NUMBER OF FOOD BOOTHS/OPERATIONS AT YOUR EVENT; THE FOOD VENDOR PERMIT FEE IS BASED ON THE COMPLEXITY OF THE MENU ITEMS AS WELL AS THE DURATION OF THE EVENT. THERE WILL NO LONGER BE A DISCOUNTED FEE FOR NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS.​

  • THE EVENT COORDINATOR MUST SUBMIT THE COMPLETED APPLICATION AND FEE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AT LEAST 2 WEEKS PRIOR TO THE EVENT OR A 25% LATE FEE WILL APPLY.

NUMBER OF FOOD OPERATIONS

  EVENT COORDINATOR FEE

1 FOOD OPERATION ​$ 0.00
​2 TO 10 FOOD OPERATIONS ​$ 172.00
​11 TO 20 FOOD OPERATIONS ​$ 252.00
​21 FOOD OPERATIONS OR MORE ​$ 343.00

​PERMIT TYPES
FOOD VENDOR CATEGORIES

​FEE 1-12 DAYS PER EVENT

​FEE 13+ DAYS PER EVENT

​Risk Category 1 (RC1) Low Risk ​$ 99.00 ​$ 99.00
​Risk Category 2 (RC2) Moderate Risk ​$ 145.00 ​$ 202.00
​Risk Category 3 (RC3) High Risk ​$ 186.00 ​$ 241.00
​Sampling Only - No food/beverage sales
Limited to small sample sizes
​$ 88.00 ​$ 88.00
​Mobile Food Facilities - carts/vehicles permitted by Santa Clara Co. ​No temp event fee required operating under annual permit ​-
​Mobile Food Facilities - carts/vehicles NOT under permit by Santa Clara Co. Fee will depend on menu - RC 1, 2 or 3​ ​Fee will depend on menu - RC 1,2,3
ATEP - for business owners of fixed food facilities that they own in Santa Clara Co.​ ​$ 504 Annual Fee
​Veteran *must submit Affidavit for a Veteran's Exemption form and all required documentation (see form) ​$ 0.00 ​​$ 0.00

RISK CATEGORY DESCRIPTIONS:

Food operation that operates on a  single day or for multiple days is $99. Temporary Food Facility Low Risk/RC 1 includes:

  • Prepackaged, non-potentially hazardous foods (non-PHFs), or
  • Prepares only non-PHFs.  Examples include prepackaged foods/beverages, kettle corn, candies.
  • Reheating commercially manufactured ready to eat foods with no further processing.  Examples include canned chili beans, hot dogs, nacho cheese

Food operation that operate 1 to 12 days is $145 or operates 13+ days is $202. Temporary Food Facility Moderate Risk/RC 2 includes:

  • Food that is for same day service to customers (hamburgers, raw sausages, crepes etc.).
  • Food that is prepared/cooked onsite and served with hot or cold holding of potentially hazardous food (PHF) after preparation.
  • Absolutely no cooling of potentially hazardous foods are allowed, either in advance or on site.
  • All prepared food is to be discarded at end of day (includes hot foods, and any cold foods that have exceeded 41F).
  • The business owner of a brick and mortar food facility with a valid permit, prepares in advance of the event (potato salad, pot pies, and tamales) at their approved facility; the facility must have a valid permit and inspected by the local enforcement agency (you are the owner of that fixed facility); must provide a copy of their permit with the application

Food operations that operate 1 to 12 days is $186 or operates 13+ days is $241. Temporary Food Facility High Risk/RC3 includes:

  • Food that is prepared in advance of the event (potato salad, pot pies, and tamales) at an approved facility
  • Extensive menus with the handling and preparation of raw ingredients or complex preparation which includes cooking, cooling and/or reheating.
  • Food that is prepared in advance of the event (potato salad, pot pies, and tamales) at an approved facility permitted and inspected by the local enforcement agency (you are not the owner of that fixed facility but renting kitchen space, or with the owner's permission)
  • Food that is prepared for multi-day use.
  • All prepared food is to be discarded at end of day (includes hot foods, and any cold foods that have exceeded 41F).

Craven Act Exemption (Donated Foods):

If a Non-Profit Organization coordinates a community event and receives 100% of food including beverages from for-profit facilities with no monetary benefit to the for-profit facility, the event may qualify for a Craven Act Exemption.  Please complete the forms for the Craven Act Exemption.  Submit all Craven Act forms (see below), a copy of your 501(c)3, and a cover letter describing your event to the Department, at least 2 weeks before your event.  Once all required information is submitted and approved, a Craven Act exemption letter will be generated and sent to you.

For more information or questions regarding Temporary Events contact:

Suzanne Lew, REHS
Senior Environmental Health Specialist
[email protected]
(408) 918-3461

Or call (408) 918-3400 and ask to speak to Administrative Support for Temporary Events

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