Temporary Food Service


Events may require a Special Event Permit from Building Inspections. Apply for a Special Events Permit before submitting your temporary food permit application. 

A temporary food service establishment shall operate at a fixed location for no more than five (5) consecutive days in conjunction with a special event.  Each separate event shall require a separate temporary food establishment permit.  An event may occur at a given site only once during a 30-day period. An application for such permit shall be filed at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled event.

  • If the general public or persons other than members of the organization and their families are invited to the event, even if tickets are sold. 
  • If the event has been advertised to the public.  
  • For Farmer's conveying food or samples at Farmer's Markets.
  • For Bake Sales. 
  • For free or nonprofit events such as feeding the homeless (permit fee waived). 

If you are unsure whether your event requires a temporary food service permit, please contact the Health Department at envhealth@garlandtx.gov or 972-205-3460.

A temporary food permits is not needed:

Fee Schedule and application


The Garland Health Department typically inspect temporary food service establishments prior to permit issuance.  All temporary food service facilities that have sampling or food preparation onsite requires a Certified Food Handler to be onsite for the duration of the event.

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A picture of what is needd at a temporary food booth.


  1. Environmental Health

    Physical Address
    1720 Commerce St.
    Garland, TX 75040

    Mailing Address
    P.0. Box 469002
    Garland, TX 75046