Temporary Food Establishments
A temporary food establishment (TFE) doesn’t operate for more than 21 days in any given location, and operates in conjunction with events such as carnivals, festivals, or public exhibitions. Organizers of these events are required to notify Environmental Health about the event, and must provide a list of all food vendors.
Applications & Permits
Each food vendor is required to complete and submit a separate application to obtain a permit. Not all vendors will ultimately need a permit, but determination isn’t made until the application is received, along with a complete list of menu items to allow environmental health specialists to determine whether or not the food vendor is exempt.
Each food vendor is also required to undergo inspection by an environmental health specialist prior to the event.
If a vendor is non-profit, they should submit documentation to our office proving non-profit status. Once filed and accepted, non-profit vendors may claim an exemption from permitting for two consecutive days no more than once a month.
Mobile food units and pushcarts that have already been permitted by a health department are not required to obtain a temporary food establishment permit as long as they submit a copy of their existing permit.
Apply for a Permit
To apply for a temporary food establishment permit, the event organizer should return the following items to the Environmental Health office:
- Applications must be received at least 15 days before the event
- $75 plan review fee (check made payable to Haywood County Environmental Health)
- Completed temporary food establishment application, including a list of menu items
- Mobile Food Unit Rules
- North Carolina Food Code Manual (PDF)
- Rules Governing Food Establishments (PDF)
- TFE APPLICATION 2021
- TFE Event Coordinator Application 2021
- Application for MFU or Pushcart Permit 2021
- Commissary Application 2021
- Food Establishment Plan Review Application (PDF)
- Food Establishment Plan Review Checklist (PDF)