Moderate Preparation: Temporary Food Facility Operational Requirements
Temporary food facility operational requirements differ based on the preparation level. Please meet the requirements for your level of preparation when designing and using your temporary food facility.
Definition: Moderate Preparation
Permits are issued for temporary food facilities that engage in sampling, cooking, packaging, portioning, assembling, or processing of any perishable food. Moderate Preparation permits are issued for temporary food facilities that sell or give away unpackaged Potentially Hazardous Foods (PHF) or that conduct “limited-food preparation” as defined in the California Retail Food Code:
- Heating, Frying, Baking, Roasting food for immediate service
- Chopping or slicing of PHF
- Steaming or boiling of hot dogs
- Cooking and seasoning to order
- Cold holding of unpackaged PHF
- Scooping of ice cream
- Blending of PHF
This may include heating and holding hot dogs or tamales, preparing corn dogs, preparing cold deli sandwiches, ice cream sundaes, funnel cakes, espresso drinks and smoothies.
Site Requirements and Equipment Plan
Food Facilities with Food Preparation Exceeding Limited Preparation
Floors, Walls, and Ceiling
- Floor: Canvas, plywood, plastic, tarp, concrete or asphalt.
- Walls: Fully enclosed with four complete sides except for BBQ area. Must be smooth, durable and clean easily. Perimeter barriers for BBQ required.
- Ceiling: A canopy or roof structure is required for overhead protection. Ceiling surfaces must be smooth, durable, and clean easily. Fine mesh fly screening for the front and sides to provide visibility and ventilation.
- 16 mesh screen walls: Max. 432 sq. inch service openings (up to a 6 foot x 2 ½ foot single opening may be approved).
- Pass-thru serving windows should only be large enough to serve food through with a flap or screen to cover the window.
Signs and Documentation
- Facility name in letters at least 3" high.
- Operator name, city, state and zip code at least 1" high letters.
- Food permit posted in public view.
- Notice informing public that last inspection report is available for review.
- Temporary Food Facility Self-Inspection Checklist completed and signed prior to preparing food.
- All food stored 6" off floor.
- Overnight food held in rodent-proof lockable containers.
Hot Holding Equipment
- Booths with perishable hot foods shall provide adequate hot holding equipment (e.g., steam tables, chafing dishes) to hold perishable food at 135° or higher.
- At the end of the day, perishable food that is held at 135° must be discarded.
Food Preparation Counters
- Must have adequate counter space/cutting boards to prep food.
- Facilities with perishable food must provide a metal probe thermometer accurate to ±1°C or 2°F.
Cold Handling Equipment
- Ice for cooler chests shall not be used for consumption.
- Provide adequate cold holding equipment to hold perishable food at 45°F or colder. At the end of the operating day, perishable food held at 45°F must be discarded.
- If perishable food is held at 41°F or colder during the day, it may be kept overnight. Overnight storage must be in a permitted food facility, requires mechanical refrigeration and the food must be held at 41°F or colder for duration of event.
- 20 gallons/facility/day in addition to that needed for food preparation.
- Potable water containers and approved food-grade hoses.
Handwashing in Booth
- 5-gallon warm water (100°F to 108°F) supply in a container with a hands-free spigot, catch bucket for waste water, paper towels and soap in a pump dispenser.
- Facilities that operate more than three consecutive days shall provide plumbed handwashing facilities equipped with warm running water. Hand soap and single-use paper towels must be provided in permanently installed dispensers at each handwashing facility.
- Provide three 5-gallon containers for washing, rinsing and sanitizing. First container shall contain hot soapy water, second container shall have clean rinse water and the third container shall contain a tepid sanitizer solution.
- Temporary food facilities that operate for more than 3 consecutive days at a community event and handle unpackaged perishable food must be equipped with a plumbed stainless steel utensil-washing sink with three compartments and two integrally installed stainless steel drain boards. The sink compartments and drain boards shall be large enough to accommodate the largest utensil or piece of equipment to be cleaned. The sink shall be provided with hot (120°F) and cold running water from a mixing valve.
- If an event is four hours or less and extra sets of sanitized utensils are provided, a utensil washing area is not required.
Toilet Facilities with Lavatory
- Toilet facilities must be located within 200 feet, with running water, soap and paper towels.
- Leak- and fly-proof refuse containers.