Temporary Food Facilities (TFF)
What is a Temporary Food Facility?
The California Health and Safety Code, Sec. 114387 requires a Temporary Food Facility (TFF) Permit of any person or organization that is providing food/drink at a public event. All food/drink vendors, including existing restaurants, are required to apply for a Temporary Food Facility Permit when participating in a Community Event. The type of permit varies on the type of food being served and how it is prepared.
Operating multiple TFF Booths at an event?
A TFF permit is valid for one single food booth only. If a vendor is operating more than one booth at an event, a permit must be obtained for each booth location. Separate applications must be submitted. If a vendor will be operating at more than one event in Nevada County on the same day, each location must also be permitted separately.
Temporary Food Facility Permits will incur a fee if the vendor has submitted less than two weeks prior to the event, and will not be accepted if submitted two (2) business or working days before the event.
For more information on Community Events, please visit our Community Events page.
Prior to applying for a Temporary Food Facilty Permit, please review the TFF Classifications tab to determine whether your TFF is High or Low risk.
Once you are ready to apply, please fill out the appropriate TFF Permit Application (either High or Low - see Forms and Applications below) and email the completed Application, including the Agreement to Pay Form Opens a New Window. to email the Environmental Health Department.
- A High-Risk TFF is required to have a Commissary where food will be stored and prepared, dishes cleaned, etc. The Commissary Owner must fill out a Commissary Verification Form to be included with the application for permit issuance with a Commissary Sign-In Sheet from every TFF to be submitted quarterly to our department. The owner of the commissary must sign each Sign-In sheet.
- If you are a Veteran and wish to apply for a TFF, review the Veterans Exemption form Opens a New Window. to see if you are exempt from fees - must qualify to be exempt from fees.
- If you are submitting electronically using a fillable form, please save it to your computer both before and after completing the form, then email the completed form to us. Please make sure all fields are filled out. Please pay either online or in-person at our Nevada City or Truckee offices.
Once your application has been reviewed and approved, our Department will contact you with permit information. Only then may you apply with the Event Coordinator.
|Potentially Hazardous Unpackaged Food||Hamburgers, hotdogs, tacos, chicken, roasted corn and potatoes, chow mein, scooped ice cream, yogurt, dairy products, etc…||HIGH|
|Prepackaged sandwiches, ice cream bars, pastries, baked goods, milk, etc., from an approved facility OR held or made in a food compartment||HIGH|
|Non-Potentially Hazardous Unpackaged Food||Uncovered or unpackaged productions of non-potentially hazardous foods: popcorn, cotton candy, pastries, baked goods, bulk nuts, beef jerky, etc. Sampling Allowed.||LOW|
|Non-Potentially Hazardous||Dispensing of wine, beer, soda or water from original manufacturer's packaging to single use cups.||LOW|
|Non-Potentially Hazardous Pre-Packaged Food||Candy, cookies, popcorn, potato chips, or raw produce||LOW|
If you are renewing your Temporary Food Facility and nothing has changed since your initial application, you can pay the appropriate annual permit fee ($195.72 for High Risk, no fee for Low Risk) when payment is due. If you are a Low-Risk TFF, give us a call or email to let us know you would like to renew your permit, even when no fee is due.
*** Please keep in mind you will need to track your own renewal. We do not send out invoices to remind you to renew your permit. ***
The permit year runs from November 1 to October 31. Payments for renewing your application are due on or before October 31.
For more information please visit our Community Events page.
Community Events will incur a fee if the coordinator has submitted less than two weeks prior to the event, and will not be accepted if submitted two (2) business or working days before the event.
For some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's), please review the Community Events and Temporary Food Facilities document..
Temporary Food Facility Fees
|Low-Risk Application||No Fee|
|Annual Renewal||High Risk = $207.40|
Low Risk = No Fee
|Veterans Exemption||No Fee|