Environmental Health

Temporary Food Service

A temporary food service establishment is defined by the Illinois Department of Public Health Food Service Sanitation Code as a food service that operates at a location for not more than 14 consecutive days in conjunction with a single event or celebration.  Temporary foods can range in size and complexity from an ice cream social at a small church to a summer fundraising picnic for a local politician to the multiple vendors at the Tug Fest.

An event that is advertised regardless of whether or not an admission fee is charged is considered a public event and as such must meet health code requirements and be licensed.  Private events for members only or family gatherings are not subject to regulation.

The following documents are available for download by clicking on the document name:

Guidelines for Temporary Food Stands contains specific information on preparing for a temporary food event.

Application for Temporary Food Stands should be submitted to the Rock Island County Health Department Environmental Health Section at least two weeks before the event.  An inspector will review this information and contact you by phone to discuss planning for the event.

Illinois Department of Public Health Temporary Food Stand Safety Guidelines offers additional information.

License Fees:
$50  (pre-approved application)
$75  (day of event application)
$25  (pre-packaged, non-hazardous foods)

Questions:  309-558-2840