Temporary Food Establishments

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All food vendors are required to submit a Temporary Food Establishment (TFE) application to the EH office for verification of permit requirements which is based on whether potentially hazardous foods are proposed for sale and whether the sponsoring group is a “for profit” or “non-profit” entity.

For-profit vendors who sell potentially hazardous foods such as meats, cooked vegetables or cut melons at a public event will be required to pay $75.00 fee and obtain a TFE permit. This permit is issued in conjunction with a fair, carnival, circus, public exhibition or other similar public gatherings that operate for a period of 15 days or less. Examples are the NC State Fair, holiday festivals, traveling carnivals and special events. 
Fee exemption: For profit vendors who prepare and sell only non-potentially hazardous foods such as candy, popcorn, funnel cakes or other bakery goods.
Note: All permitted pushcart or mobile food units who do not report back to commissary daily will be required to pay fee and obtain a TFE permit.

Non-profit vendors who are exempt due to their 501c(3) tax exemption status such as churches, civic and political organizations. Proof of status is required. Proof of status may include a copy of 501c(3) Letter of Determination, or a non-profit verification letter from organization treasurer.

There is a $75 fee for each temporary food establishment (TFE) permit issued.
Note: Coordinator applicationsvendor applications and vendor fees must be received by Chatham County Environmental Health at least 15 calendar days prior to the event for consideration. Each question must be answered or the application will be returned.

Special Events Information and application

Coordinator Form:
Temporary Food Coordinator Application

Food Vendor Forms: 
Temporary Food Establishment Vendor Application 2016 
Temporary Food Establishment Vendor Guidelines 
Temporary Food Establishment 2013 Fact Sheet

Rules Governing the Food Protection and Sanitation of Food Establishments .2665-.2669

For more information contact:   
Lisa Morgan 919-545-8309 or Lisa.Morgan@chathamnc.org