Temporary Event Food Booths

Fill out and return the Temporary Food Establishment Permit Application along with your fee. The fee for Tier 1 is $20.00 per day, per booth if you submit your application at least 72 hours or more PRIOR to the event; $35.00 per day, per booth if submitted LESS than 72 hours before the event. The fee for Tier 2 is $40 per day, per booth if you submit your application at least 72 hours or more PRIOR to the event; $55 per day, per booth if submitted LESS than 72 hours before the event. Your booth is considered a Tier 1 if you serve 3 or less food items that require time and temperature control for safety;  4 or more food items that require time and temperature control for safety is considered Tier 2.

“Operators wanting to get an annual permit for temporary events may do so with a satisfactory history of food code compliance in Tooele County. A schedule listing the dates and times of events must be submitted to the Department at the time of application. Any additions to the schedule must be submitted to the Department at least 72 hours prior to the event. Failure to do so may result in the exclusion of the establishment from the event. Schedule can be emailed to eh@tooelehealth.org”

Applications can be found here: Applications & Fees for Environmental Health Services

Return your application to us by:

  • email to eh@tooeleco.gov and then call to pay by phone (435)  277-2440
  • brought in or mailed in with a check, business hours are Monday-Thursday 8 am to 6 pm, Fridays 8 am to noon. Closed on holidays. Environmental Health Office, Suite 140
  • faxed in to (435)277-2444 and then call (435)277-2440 to pay by phone with a debit or credit card

Please note:

  •  A  permit is required whenever you are handling food and/or beverage to serve to the public regardless if there is a charge for the product.
  • A Food Handler Permit and a Temporary Event Food Booth Permit are not the same thing, you are required to have BOTH permits. At all hours of your booths operation you must have at least one person that has a valid Food Handler Permit to show during inspection.
  • A  Temporary Event Food Booth Permit does not  guarantee you access into various community events. It is your responsibility to arrange access to the event with the specific event coordinator before purchasing a Temporary Event Food Booth Permit. Refunds will not be given if access to the event is not granted.

Be sure to read the Fire Prevention Checklist at the bottom on this page.

Temporary Event Guidelines – The Do’s and Don’ts of Temporary Event Food Booths


  1. Do have at least one person with a valid Food Handler Permit in your booth during all hours of operation.
  2. Do protect food and drinks from splash, dust or other sources of contamination (i.e. have a booth with a top that covers the entire food service area and a flooring surface of plywood, concrete, asphalt or other acceptable durable material).
  3. Do have a functioning hand wash station that includes soap, disposable towels, flowing water from a container with a handled spigot, a catch basin or bucket to catch wastewater and a waste receptacle. Wastewater must be disposed of properly.
  4. Do have adequate equipment for cooking and cooling as well as hot and cold holding equipment as needed by your menu. Ensure that you have an adequate power supply to reach and maintain proper temperatures.
  5. Do have an accurate probe-type thermometer on site to check food temperatures. Probes must be cleaned and sanitized after each use.
  6. Do have a three compartment setup for cleaning, rinsing and sanitizing utensils and equipment.
  7. Do have a handled scoop to dispense ice or food products. Scoop handles must not be in contact with the ice or food.
  8. Do have necessary equipment to keep food covered and at proper temperatures when transporting.
  9. Do have a supply of disposable gloves, an appropriate sanitizer (bleach/water mixture at 50 PPM minimum) and at least one waste receptacle.

Cold foods must be held at 41°F or below; hot foods must be held at 135°F or above.


  1. Don’t operate a temporary event food booth without first applying for and receiving a valid permit from Tooele County Health Department.
  2. Don’t prepare or cook food at a private home to be used in your booth. All food must be prepared on-site at the event unless a commissary or restaurant is used as indicated on your application. All food must come from an approved source i.e. market, licensed supplier or grocery store.
  3. Don’t have any bare hand contact with ready-to-eat foods. Use gloves, tongs, spoons, spatulas, etc.
  4. Don’t serve ice in beverages that has been previously used to keep food or beverage containers cold.
  5. Don’t dispense ice with your hands. Ice can become contaminated and cause food borne illness.
  6. Don’t allow anyone who is sick inside your booth. Ill or unclean personnel are a frequent cause of food borne disease.
  7. Don’t use disposable gloves as a substitution for hand washing. Gloves can provide an additional barrier to contamination but frequent and thorough hand washing remains the first line of defense in preventing food borne disease.

Click here for a printable version of Food Handler Basics Handout 2013


Hand Washing:

  • All workers must wash their hands:
  • Before any food preparation begins
  • After using the restroom
  • After smoking, using tobacco, eating, handling garbage, animals or children
  • After touching bare human body parts other than clean hands
  • After coughing, sneezing, using handkerchief or tissues
  • After handling soiled equipment or utensils
  • When switching between working with raw food and ready-to-eat food
  • During food preparation, as necessary, to remove soil and contamination
  • After engaging in other activities that contaminate the hands

Hand Wash Station:


One hand washing station is required in the food preparation area of each event booth. A permanently plumbed sink is not needed for temporary events, but at a minimum there must be:

  1. Flowing water from a container with a handled spigot that allows continuous flow until manually turned off (a push button is not allowed)
  2. A catch bucket or basin for waste water.
  3. Soap
  4. Paper (disposable towels)

There should be enough water available for the day’s needs without running out – 5 gallons minimum. A booth will be subject to immediate closure if a hand washing station is not set up and operational PRIOR to beginning food handling and preparation.


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Tooele County Health Department

151 North Main Street
Tooele, Utah 84074
(435) 277-2300

Monday-Thursday 8am - 6pm
Friday 8 am to noon
Closed holidays.

920 East Wendover Boulevard, Wendover Utah 84083
P.O Box 554
Call (435)277-2326 or 277-2327 for available services and hours.

To report an emergency after hours call (435) 882-5600.