Temporary Food Events

Each person or organization that wishes to sell or give out food to the general public during a special event is required by Oregon law to obtain a temporary restaurant license. Every food booth must apply for a separate license for every event where food is served.

This applies to any establishment operating temporarily in connection with any event where food is prepared or served to the public. Examples are:

  • Fairs
  • Circuses
  • Concerts
  • Carnivals
  • Festivals
  • Farmers markets
  • Flea markets

Good to Know


In order to have your license approved, your temporary restaurant must have the following amenities:

  • An approved kitchen
  • Hand washing station
  • Cold and hot holding facilities
  • Roof and floor
  • Probe thermometer
  • Sanitizing cloths

A license may not be needed for private events, or if you are serving certain types of foods. Learn more about these and other requirements in our FAQs.

Temporary Restaurant Operator Requirements

Get a License

Step 1: Choose a License

  • Single Event License: Set up at one event, including multi-day events, for a maximum of 30 days.
    Example: A community fair or Cinco de Mayo festival.
  • Intermittent (30-day) license: Set up at multiple events, with different organizers, as long as each event occurs at the same location for a maximum of 30 days.
    Example: Set-up for multiple events all occurring at the Expo center
  • Seasonal (90-day) license: Serve at one event, in the same location, for an entire season
    Example: Serving at Portland Saturday market for June, July and August.

Step 2: Submit an Application

Submit a completed application and fee at least two weeks before your event. An inspector will review your application and inspect your booth on the first day of the event. Additional inspections may occur if serious public health issues are not corrected.

A completed operational plan review must be submitted with an application for Intermittent and seasonal licenses. 


  • Single event (1-30 days): $105
  • Intermittent (30 days): $105
  • Seasonal (90 days): $105
  • Operational plan review fee: $70
  • Late fee: $105
  • Annual administrative service fee (for benevolent organizations): $50


Temporary event licenses are valid for a specific time frame:

  • Single event license - good for that event only. A new license is required for each event.
  • Intermittent event license - you must apply for a new license after 30 days
  • Seasonal event license - you must apply for a new license after 90 days