Temporary Food Events

Temporary Food Event Permits

In cooperation with the City of Austin Environmental Health Services Department, temporary food events such as festivals, fairs, or carnivals that will sell or distribute food require a temporary food event permit and food handler training.

You will need a food permit if:

  1. You are serving unpackaged food, open food drinks (mixed drinks with ice), food that requires refrigeration, or food that is served hot.
  2. The general public is invited.

You will not need a food permit if:

  1. You are serving packaged, unopened food.
  2. Food will be sold from a food truck that already has a permit.


  • AISD Food Service must receive the completed application 20 days before the day of the event. Food Service will do preliminary processing and forward to the City of Austin within 10 days of the event.
  • AISD events are exempt from permit charges, however if applications are submitted less than 10 days before an event you will be charged an expedite fee of $98.
  • Applications must be complete and legible. Applicants must also attach a clearly visible copy of their driver's license.
  • The City of Austin will contact you directly when your permit application has been processed. 
  • Permit pick up location: Environmental Health Services, 1520 Rutherford Lane, Building One, Austin, TX 78754, Lobby Hours: M-F 7:45 a.m.–3:30 pm.

The City of Austin’s Temporary Food Permit application is included on pages 3-9 on the following AISD facility use applications: 

Building Use Application for Non-School Groups

Building Use Application for School Groups and School Support Organizations

Food Handler Training

The City of Austin offers an on-line training for a fee at www.statefoodsafety.com/food-handler/texas/austin-city


City of Austin

Call 3-1-1 or 512-978-0300


AISD Food Service