Do I need a temporary food permit?

If you as an individual, business or organization is going to serve food to the general public, for a fee or at no cost, a food permit is required. The Massachusetts State Sanitary Food Code 105 CMR 590.001 defines "TEMPORARY FOOD ESTABLISHMENT" as a FOOD ESTABLISHMENT that operates for a period of no more than 14 consecutive days in conjunction with a single event or celebration.If you, as an individual, business or organization is going to be serving food to the general public on a more frequent basis, an annual food permit may be a better option. 

There are several regulatory requirements to obtain a temporary food permit and therefor it is strongly encouraged that you, the business, or organization contact the Fitchburg Food Inspector at least 30 days prior to the date of operation to discuss the temporary food permit application process. 

To obtain the Temporary Food Permit Application, please click here

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