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Temporary Food Operations

All temporary food operations must be licensed and inspected by the Portage County Health District (PCHD). It is important that all temporary food operators understand proper food handling procedures and sanitation methods. This is especially true for persons who have not worked in the food industry. To serve you best, contact PCHD well in advance of the event so our inspectors can answer any questions you may have. Each temporary license is valid for a single event in one location. Temporary licenses are not renewable or transferrable. No more than ten (10) temporary licenses will be issued per the license period to the same operator.

The complete Application and Fee should be submitted at least ten (10) business days prior to the event.

  • A Temporary Food License may not be issued if the application is received less than ten (10) business days prior to the event or if the application is incomplete. Every attempt to process late applications will be made.

You cannot operate without the Temporary Food License.

  • The Temporary Food License is valid for five (5) consecutive days.
  • PCHD may issue a temporary license for more than five (5) consecutive days if both of the following apply:
    • The facility will be operated at an event organized by a county agricultural society or independent agricultural society organized under Chapter 1711 of the Revised Code.
    • The person who will receive the license is a resident of the county or one of the counties for which the agricultural society is organized.

The Temporary Food License must be displayed in a conspicuous and public manner during the event.