Temporary Food Permits

When is a Temporary Food Permit Required?

A temporary food permit is required to be obtained when food/drinks are removed from packaging and handled and/or time/temperature control for safety food/beverages are being provided to the public regardless of a fee is charged or not.

Examples of when permits are required are family/organization food benefits, food fundraisers, cook offs that provide samples, and private or City sponsored events with food vendors.

If you're not sure if your event will require a food permit contact our office to speak to a sanitarian.

If the event that is planned will include street closures, expects a large group of people to attend, includes rides, or a variety of other items a special event permit application may need to be submitted to the fire marshal's office. This permit needs to be applied for at least 30 days in advance. A copy of the application is provided below. Any questions about special events can be directed to fireplan@sanmarcostx.gov or (512) 805-2600.   

Permit Requirements

  • Food prepared or stored at home is prohibited.
  • A hand wash station must be provided which includes: a water container with a spigot, soap, paper towels, and a water catch bucket. See second handout below for an example.
  • Cold food must be held at 41 degrees F and hot food at 135 degrees F.
  • All food and beverages shall be stored, displayed, and served so as to be protected from contamination.
  • At least one person with a Food Handler certificate must be on site at all times.
  • If reusable utensils are used a three compartment dish wash station must be provided. See third hand out below for and example of what is required. 
  • Liquid waste must be disposed of properly and must not be discharged on the ground.
  • An outdoor temporary event must have a canopy or overhead covering. This covering must meet fire codes if stove tops, fryers, open grills, are under the canopy.

To apply for a temporary event food permit visit the Apply for or Renew a Food Permit page. Temporary events must be applied for 72 hours in advance of the event. When applying for the food permit insure that the jurisdiction selected is San Marcos not Hays County.

Contact San Marcos Environmental Health with any questions at HealthInfo@sanmarcostx.gov or (512) 393-8444.