Special Events Program
The Office of the Special Events Program is responsible for issuing permits, conducting
inspections, investigating citizen complaints, investigating food-borne illnesses,
providing consultation and customer service for all operations at an Event.
Temporary Food Establishment means a food establishment that operates
in conjunction with a fair, rodeo, exhibition, or similar public event that operates
for not more than fourteen (14) consecutive days within any permit year, provided
it is the same permittee, at the same location, and the same event. At the termination
of the event, the temporary food establishment shall be removed from the premises.
Special Event Food Establishment means a food establishment that
operates in conjunction with one event that operates for not more than 120 consecutive
days. At the termination of the event, the special event food establishment shall
be removed from the premises. The permit is valid for 1 year and may only operate
at designated events the department approves.
Seasonal Food Establishment means a fixed or Mobile Food Establishment
that operates in conjunction with one public celebration or similar seasonal event
for fifteen (15) to one hundred twenty (120) days within any permit year. At the
termination of the event, the Seasonal Food Establishment shall be removed from
the premises or shall cease operation as determined by the Department.
Event means a public celebration such as but not limited to a fair,
festival, circus, exhibition, carnival, food and/or drink tasting. A Temporary,
Seasonal, or Special Event Food establishment may only operate at an event that
has been approved by this Department. The coordinator for an event must submit the
Coordinator Application to the Department.
The information in this Website contains the complete application package and guidelines
for permitting and operating an Event in Maricopa County.
You will find extensive information here and all of it is needed to review your
application in a timely manner. Remember, the more thorough your package, the faster
We are asking your assistance in making sure your plan and application are approved
as quickly as possible. In order for us to process applications quickly, please
ensure that the application is filled out completely and accurately and that all
pertinent information outlined in the mobile food guidelines is included in the
We hope the information on this Website will assist you in the process. If, after
reading the information, you have any further questions, please call our office
at (602) 506-6978.
Plan Review Requirements
Plan submittal is required for the Special Event Food Establishments. Before designing
your facility/unit and submitting your Plan Review Application, you should read
the Maricopa County Health Code. Questions concerning plans and construction requirements
can be directed to (602) 506-6978. *(Potentially Hazardous Foods)
In order to sell or give away any food or beverage product at an event, you are
required to hold the proper permit. Please refer to the guidelines for event requirements.
A completed application and fee must be submitted (7) seven days prior to the event.
Any application not received at least (7) seven days before an event will be charged
a late fee. Permits must be obtained prior to the start of an event. Inspectors
cannot issue permits or collect permit fees onsite. There are no exceptions.
All vendors that are conducting any food storage or food preparation prior to the
event must do so at a Food Establishment that holds a current Maricopa County Permit.
A commissary log will be required to be maintained onsite at the event.
Vendors who are selling commercially packaged, non-potentially hazardous (TCS) food
product are exempt from obtaining a Maricopa County Permit. Vendors who hold a current
registration with the State of Arizona for Cottage Food are also exempt, provided
they are operating within the Cottage Food regulations.
As stated in the Maricopa County Environmental Health Code, “No permit shall be
issued, and no permit is valid, until the permit fee is received by the Department,
except that the operator of a charitable nonprofit establishment (which operates
to provide relief solely to the poor, distressed, or underprivileged) may apply
to the Board of Health for a waiver of the permit fee. A waiver of the fee may be
granted only to the operator of an establishment, which maintains a current 501
(c)(3) tax exempt designation from the Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue
Service, who demonstrates to the Board of Health that said fee will cause financial
hardship. Board of Health granted fee waivers expire pursuant to the required permit
listing in section c of this regulation. Application for a permit fee waiver shall
be made using forms provided by the Department.
Fee waiver applications are presented to the Board of Health by the Maricopa County
Environmental Services Department for processing. Expired permits are not eligible
for fee waiver consideration, e.g. fee waiver applications submitted for Temporary
Food Service Establishments after the event date. Send the completed application
and supporting documentation to the Maricopa County Environmental Services Department,
1001 N. Central Avenue, Suite 695, Phoenix, AZ 85004.
Office Inspection Hours
The office is open for business Monday through Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Please
note that Special Event Establishment inspections are only conducted by appointment.
The office will be closed on holidays.
Temporary Permit Applications
1001 N. Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85004
We are located at NORTHEAST corner of Central and Roosevelt in Phoenix, Arizona.
You may park in the visitor parking located in the garage on 1st Street and Roosevelt.
Office: (602) 506-6978
Fax: (602) 506-6862
Annual Permit Issuance and Renewal
1645 E. Roosevelt Street
Phoenix, AZ 85006
We are located at SOUTHEAST corner of 16th Street and Roosevelt Street in Phoenix,
Office: (602) 506-6872
Fax: (602) 372-6043
Our offices are open for business Monday through Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The offices
will be closed on holidays.
Please note that special event annual permit renewal inspections are only conducted
Monday through Friday 12:00pm - 5:00pm or by appointment.