Temporary and Seasonal Facilities and Events

Vendors at Farmers Markets, Festivals, and Other Events
Temporary and seasonal permit applications and payment may now be submitted online. Submit your application.

All temporary and seasonal food facilities except those selling only unprocessed produce or prepackaged foods not requiring Time and Temperature Control for Safety (non-TCS foods) must have a current Allegheny County food permit. Before applying for a permit, please review the Temporary or Seasonal Food Facility Guidelines(PDF, 668KB).

Temporary Permit flowchart

Download the Temporary Permit Flowchart(PDF, 208KB) as a PDF. It is also available in the following languages:

Temporary Food Stands

Temporary food stands are food facilities that operate at a fixed location for no more than 14 consecutive days in conjunction with a single event or celebration. Temporary food facility permits may be obtained for a single event or multiple events. If the entity operating the temporary food facility is a non-profit, then an adjusted fee is available with proof of the non-profit status as described in Article III, Section 302.3 (D). Please see applicable fees below:

Number of Events Standard Fee Non-Profit Fee
1 $50 $45
2 $85 $80
3 $110 $105
4 $130 $125
5 or more $30 per event $28 per event

Seasonal Food Stands

Seasonal food stands are food facilities that operate for no more than six consecutive months each year at a flea market, farmers' market, or other seasonal celebration. Seasonal food stands only require one permit for each stand. The same permit can be used for multiple recognized farmers' market locations in Allegheny County. The fee for a seasonal food facility is $82.00. If the entity operating the seasonal food facility is a non-profit, then an adjusted fee of $77 is available with proof of the non-profit status as described in Article III, Section 302.3 (D).

Obtain a Permit

To obtain a temporary or seasonal food facility permit, please either use the Temporary and Seasonal Permit online application and payment system, or complete the Permit Application for Temporary and Seasonal Food Facilities(PDF, 177KB) and submit it along with the permit fee payment to:

Allegheny County Health Department
Food Safety Program
2121 Noblestown Rd., Ste. 210
Pittsburgh, PA 15205

A 25% late fee will apply to temporary and seasonal food facility permit applications received less than 14 days from the start of the event or farmer market. Your health permit will be emailed to you in advance.

Please Note: All "time and temperature for safety (TCS) foods" (previously known as potentially hazardous foods - meats, cheeses, dairy products, fish, pasta, rice, cooked vegetables, etc.) must be prepared on site at the event or at another permitted facility. Foods prepared in a private home that is not a state-registered Limited Food Establishment may not be used or sold at the event. The number of different menu items should be minimized and food preparation steps should be simplified to reduce risk.

Questions about permitting and registration can be emailed using the Ask a Food Safety Question form, by using your Allegheny County Support Center account, or by calling the Food Safety Program at 412-578-8044. Please allow up to 5 business days for a response.