Temporary food service establishments are those that prepare and serve food for the public to purchase or consume and operate fewer than 14 days. This includes food operations at:
- Festivals and fairs
- Craft shows
- Customer appreciation days
Temporary food operators in Kentucky, unless specifically exempted, must obtain a permit to operate and be inspected by the Health Department prior to opening.
In Northern Kentucky, the permit application and necessary fee must be submitted to the Health Department at least three business days prior to the event’s start date. In order to receive a refund, NKY Health must be notified of cancellations at least 24 hours in advance.
|To operate for 1 to 3 days||$50|
|To operate for 4 to 7 days||$75|
|To operate for 8 to 14 days||$100|
Food from establishments licensed outside of Kentucky
Vendors with food service licenses in Ohio and Indiana often ask about bringing prepared food items in to Northern Kentucky to serve or sell. Out-of-state licensed restaurants need to supply a copy of their operating permit and last regular inspection when applying for a temporary food permit. For more information, contact Ashley McCandless or 859-363-2018.
For more information, contact Ashley McCandless or 859-363-2018.