Temporary Events
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Temporary Event Food Establishment Requirements

A Temporary Retail Food Establishment is a food establishment that operates at a fixed location in conjunction with a single event or celebration (including fairs and festivals) for no more than 14 consecutive days.


Vendors attending Temporary Events must complete the Vendor Application at least 10 days prior to the event. Vendors may be required to provide a copy of the confirmation email from Boulder County Public Health to the event coordinator.

Vendor Application

Call 303-441-1564 and ask for the inspector on call if you have questions about, or technical issues with the application.

Boulder County License

To obtain a Temporary Event license, submit the vendor verification form and call 303-441-1564. Once approved, and after payment is received, a temporary event license will be issues.

Food Safety Training

All food vendors providing non-prepackaged food at Temporary Events in Boulder County are required to have taken a food safety training. The online State Food Safety training meets this requirement.

Resources for Vendors

Event Coordinators

Coordinators of Temporary Events must complete the Coordinator Application at least 14 days prior to an event. Contacting Boulder County Public Health as soon as possible will help ensure that your application will be approved. After all vendors have submitted applications the coordinator will be notified of approval/non-approval.

Coordinator Application


  • Application: Payment of $115 is due when the application is submitted. (Non-profit groups may be exempt from this fee on a case-by-case basis.)
  • Inspection: The coordinator is responsible for the cost to ensure food is safe at the event, including food safety inspections at the event or investigation of complaints or illnesses by Boulder County Public Health staff. The fee is $156/hour. Coordinators may charge vendors for this fee and can estimate 30 minutes per vendor.

Boulder County License

All food vendors are required to obtain a temporary event license issued by Boulder County Public Health. Some vendors may be exempt from this requirement.

Resources for Coordinators

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Food Safety Program

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