A temporary food event is defined in code is an “event or celebration” which is a significant occurrence or happening sponsored by a civic, business, educational, government, community, or veterans’ organization and may include athletic contests. For example, an event does not include a single store’s grand opening or sale.

The license allows a food vendor to operate for a period of no more than 14 consecutive days in conjunction with a single event or celebration.

Applications must be submitted at a minimum of 3 business days prior to the start of an event. All applications must be submitted through the business offices. No money or applications are accepted in the field by inspectors.

Please refer to the “Basics Requirements for Temporary Food Establishments” pdf below for further information on the restrictions of temporary food event set ups.

Contact our office if you have further questions regarding temporary food events or licensing requirements.

To properly complete an application

  1. First fill out the application form along with all of the appropriate information regarding the application.
  2. Deliver or mail the application and fee to the Public Health Department between 8:00-4:30, Monday through Friday.

The department currently only accepts cash, personal or cashiers check, or money order.

Application and Requirements

Temporary Food Application
Temporary Hand-washing Station

Additional Guidance Documents


Iowa Administrative Code Chapter 30 & Chapter 31, and Iowa Code Chapter 137F

Guidance Documents

Temporary Food Operation Guide
Temporary Food Service Facility Employee/Volunteer Log

Guidance Documents

Additional Code and Guidance Documents 


Coordinator Information

Event Coordinator Application
Annual Temporary Food License Application