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Special Food Permit License for Temporary Event
Anyone who plans to sell or give away food at a temporary event must first obtain a Montgomery County Food Service Facility License. The only exception to the law is the sale of fresh uncut produce or live crustacea. A temporary event is an event at a fixed location not exceeding 14 days where either a mobile, permanent, or temporary structure is used to prepare, serve, or sell food or drink. The application must be submitted at least 2 working days before the scheduled start of the event. A fee will be charged for applications filed fewer than 2 working days prior to the event. Complete applications will be returned to the applicant. An inspection will be conducted, if warranted, at the event prior to operating. The license will be mailed to the applicant or issued at the time of the inspection. Personnel within the Licensure & Regulatory Services section are available to discuss questions during regular working hours (Monday through Friday) 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., send service request (SR). The application is available for download from the website. You may also apply at 255 Rockville Pike, 1st Floor, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850 between the hours of 8 AM and 4 PM. Monday through Friday. See web sites below for further information and application for permit. It takes approximately 30 days to process a special food permit license.
Find more information from the following link(s):
  • Special Food Permit Temporary Event Information
  • Temporary Food Service Permit Application


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