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Each year, hundreds of community special events occur in various locations throughout the City of Long Beach. Community special events are those that are of a civic, political, public, or educational nature, including state and county fairs, city festivals, circuses, and other public gathering events approved by the City.

In order to protect public health, when food is sold or given away to the public at a community event, the City of Long Beach DHHS's Consumer Protection Program requires all temporary food facility operators, and event organizers to obtain temporary health permits. A temporary food facility can only operate at a fixed location for a period of time not to exceed 25 consecutive or non-consecutive days in any 90-day period in conjunction with a single, weekly, or monthly community event.

A temporary food facility permit must be obtained by the food vendor a minimum of one week before the event. An organizer's permit must be obtained by the promoter a minimum of 2 weeks before the event. The operational requirements for food vendors and organizers are detailed in the document titled "City of Long Beach Temporary Food Facility Requirements."

Free training is provided on a monthly basis (Jan-Dec) every 1st Thursday of the month from 3:00 pm-5:00 pm for food vendors and organizers. The training details the items the health inspector checks, in addition to food handling, storage, & temperature requirements and food booth construction. See below for the current schedule and contact Claro Rufo at 562-570-4142 for additional information/questions.

See associated links listed below for applications and requirements.

Temporary Food Facility Guidelines 

Temporary Food Facility Organizer Application

Temporary Food Facility Vendor Application

Temporary Food Facility Farmers Market Application

Temporary Food Stand Training Schedule

Temporary Food Facility Handwash Set-up Example

Craven Exemption Guidelines Packet