Temporary Event Food Stands

Summary

Temporary Food Establishment- means a food establishment that operates for a period of no more than 14 consecutive days in conjunction with a single event or celebration.

  • An “event or celebration” is a significant occurrence or happening sponsored by a civic, a business, an educational, a government, a community, or a veterans’ organization, that operates periodically for no more than 14 days and may include athletic contests.

  • An “event or celebration” does not include a single store’s grand opening or sale.

 

Click on the Gray Tabs above for additional information on:

Laws and Regulations
• Iowa Food Code and FDA Food Codes

Basic Requirements
• Information on the basic requirements of operating a Temporary Food Establishment in the State of Iowa

Licensing
• Temporary Food Service Establishment license application

Food Manager Resources
• Guidance documents for running your Temporary Food Establishment

 

 

Licensing

  • A Temporary Food Establishment License must be obtained from the appropriate Regulatory Authority.

  • A temporary food license is valid up to 14 days in conjunction with a single event.

  • The name, and contact information of the civic, business, educational, government, community, or veterans’ organization that is sponsoring the event or celebration must be listed on the license application.

  • Applications not submitted at least three weekdays before the event may not be reviewed. 

  • Applications must be filled out completely.  Applications not filled out properly will be returned and will delay the processing and approval times.

  • A separate license must be applied for at each location where food production, sales or service take place.

  • A license is non-transferable between locations or ownership.

  • Penalty fees will be assessed if the application is not received prior to the event.

  • The approved license will be sent to the e-mail address provided.  If no e-mail address is available, the permit will be mailed (please plan accordingly).

  • The temporary food stand operator is responsible for printing their license and bringing it to the event where it must be displayed in the food stand within the public’s site.

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 Please check the Regulatory Authorities map to determine the appropriate food inspection and licensing agency for your area. 

Only individuals who will be operating a food establishment under the jurisdiction of the Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) should submit their license application and corresponding fee(s) to DIA at the address below.  All other applicants should mail their license application and fees to their local regulatory authority.

If your food establishment is licensed and inspected by the DIA's Food and Consumer Safety Bureau, send your application and fee(s) to the address below:

Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals

Food & Consumer Safety Bureau

Lucas State Office Building

321 East 12th Street

Des Moines, IA 50319-0083