To make it easy to get a temporary food establishment permit, Spokane Regional Health District created this process.
Below, the process and forms are presented at a higher level.
A temporary food establishment (TFE) is defined as operating:
A Temporary Food Establishment may require a special permit from Spokane Regional Health District’s Food Safety program in order to sell food and/or drink.
Examples of Temporary Food Establishments include food vendors at:
If you are planning to apply for a temporary food establishment (TFE) permit and use a food truck or enclosed trailer, approval from Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) may be required. In previous years L&I provided an exemption for mobiles that operated on a temporary basis and allowed reciprocity for mobiles that operated in a different state for at least six months. However, L&I has since modified the regulations for mobile food units (WAC 296-150V). For more information about the L&I requirements and the approval process, please see Washington State Department of Labor and Industries Food Trucks and Trailers page.
Food establishment operators may want to limit the foods you serve to Level 1 Menu Items (pdf) to lower the Temporary Food Establishment permit fee. Menu items on the Lower Risk Temporary Food Establishment list are less likely to make people sick from food borne illnesses.
There are also several food items that are exempt from permit, but that may still require approval to serve from the health district.
Reporting unsafe practices and illnesses helps the health district identify potential food-borne disease outbreaks.