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.

Young man putting whipped cream on a funnel cake at a temporary food facility (fair booth).

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.

  1. Application Process
  2. TFF Classifications
  3. Permit Renewal
  4. Community Events
  5. FAQ on TFF's

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 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 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. 

Temporary Food Facility Fees

High-Risk Application$218.37
Low-Risk ApplicationNo Fee
Annual RenewalHigh Risk = $218.37
Low Risk = No Fee
Veterans ExemptionNo Fee