Temporary Food Guidelines

Coordinating Events

For any events taking place within the City of Sugar Land where food or beverages will be offered to the public (for free or for sale): 

  • event coordinators will need to contact the senior sanitarian (Senior Sanitarian | 281-275-2170)
  • this should be done at least six weeks before the event is to take place

The senior sanitarian will determine whether a temporary food establishment permit is required and will aid in the permitting process.

Required Preparations

During the process, the event coordinator must provide the senior sanitarian with a list of all vendors participating in the event, and the event coordinator, as well as, each of the vendors will be required to complete a temporary food establishment permit application. These applications will be due to the senior sanitarian one full week before the event. In some instances, the senior sanitarian may require applications be submitted earlier than a week before the event; however, all deadlines will be discussed with the event coordinator during initial contact. Staff may be unable to process applications received after this deadline.

Once all applications are approved, the event coordinator will be notified that payment can be made through the Treasury Department at city hall and upon receipt of payment, the permits will be provided to the event coordinator for distribution to the vendors at the event. Event coordinators / vendors who fail to obtain the required permit may receive a citation and be required to cease operations.

Temporary Food Establishment Guidelines


The guidelines provide key information regarding the operation of a temporary food establishment, and event coordinators are asked to share this information with their vendors to ensure that the food and beverages offered to the public are safe and handled correctly.

Note: a temporary food establishment permit does not assume approval is issued from other city departments or entities which may also need to be involved in the scheduling of temporary events. The individual or organization responsible for coordinating the event is also responsible for obtaining the required temporary event approvals from all applicable city departments.