Temporary Food Facilities & Special Events

The Environmental Health Division regulates Temporary Food Facilities (TFF) and Community Events. A "temporary food facility" means a food facility approved by the enforcement officer that may be readily disassembled for storage or for transporting, and readily assembled to its original integrity at a different location, is easily movable, and operates at a fixed location for the duration of an approved community event or at a swap meet. 

Do I need a permit to operate at a Community Event?

Anyone giving away or selling food to the public require a permit from Environmental Health.  There are 3 options for food vendor permits:

  1. If you are an existing food facility or catering operation with a valid health permit in El Dorado County, you can obtain a "TFF Add-On" Permit that will allow you to attend community events.
  2. If you are an existing mobile food vendor (trucks or carts) and have a valid health permit in El Dorado County, your permit allows you to attend without any additional permits.
  3. Obtain a Temporary Food Facility permit which can be for a single event or obtained as an annual permit.

Event Coordinators

An Event Coordinator permit is required for any community event that has two (2) or more food facilities.  Permits/Fees are required to be submitted at least two (2) weeks prior to the event for approval.

For all applicable fees, please see our Fee Page.

NOTICE TO ALL VENDORS OPERATING IN EL DORADO COUNTY

Image of TentAll food operations in the County of El Dorado are required to have a valid Business License. Please contact the proper agency listed below for more details.
THIS APPLIES TO VENDORS FOR SINGLE EVENTS OR ANNUAL PERMITS.

      FOR COUNTY VENDING (530) 621-5800 - Treasurer Tax Collector
      CITY OF PLACERVILLE VENDING (530) 642-5223 - City of Placerville
      CITY OF SOUTH LAKE TAHOE VENDING (530) 542-6012 - City of South Lake Tahoe
A SEPARATE LICENSE IS REQUIRED IN ALL THE ABOVE LOCATIONS

For further information, please contact your local Environmental Health Office:

  • In Placerville area: (530) 621-5300

  • In South Lake Tahoe area: (530) 573-3450