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Temporary Food Vendor

Any person distributing food to the public outside of a permanently permitted facility must obtain a temporary food permit. Depending on the type of food distributed and type of event associated, there may be different requirements.

 

Temporary Food Event Guide

Information for Market Vendors

For the 2022 Market Season, vendor fees are capped at $50. This means that although an application is required for participation in each market, a vendor will pay a maximum of $50 for permits associated with markets.

All vendors must submit the appropriate applications through the market manager. An application is required for each market. Vendors must still submit all appropriate applications based on their food sales.

The variance section on the Temporary Food-Service Establishment and Temporary Retail Food Establishment applications will allow for an extension of the permit dates to cover the length of the market season.

For questions on applying for vending at a market, please call environmental health at 505-768-2738.

Learn more about vending at markets. Spanish market guide.

General Guidelines for Temporary Event Vendors

Permit applications should be submitted at least 5 days prior to the event to ensure sufficient processing time. Applications submitted after the deadline will still be reviewed, but approval cannot be guaranteed. Please note, permits submitted after 4:30 p.m. will not be processed until the next business day.

  • All temporary permit applications must include the address of the commercial kitchen where food is to be prepared or stored prior to the event. If all preparation/storage will be on-site, please note this on the application.
  • All applicants for a temporary health permit must be in possession of a City of Albuquerque business registration. Learn more information on obtaining a business registration.
  • Brick and mortar food establishments wishing to vend food outside of their permitted premises must also obtain temporary food permits.
  • Mobile food units permitted by the City of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, or the State of New Mexico need not obtain temporary food permits.
  • Mobile food units permitted outside of the City of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, or the State of New Mexico must submit a temporary permit application along with a copy of their local health permit.
  • Any vendor subject to the Homemade Food Act does not need to apply for a temporary food permit. Learn more about the Homemade Food Act, house bill 177.
  • Persons vending at private events must have the approval of the event coordinator prior to application approval. Private events include but are not limited to markets, Balloon Fiesta, and Summer Fest.

Prohibited Foods

The Process

Download, open, and print the following documents:
Temporary Food Service Establishment Permit Application (410kb)
Temporary Food Service Establishment Permit Application (Chinese)
Temporary Food Service Establishment Permit Application (Spanish)
Temporary Food Service Establishment Permit Application (Vietnamese)
Raw Produce Permit Application
Raw Produce Permit Application (Chinese)
Raw Produce Permit Application (Spanish)
Raw Produce Permit Application (Vietnamese)
Temporary Retail Food Establishment Permit Application
Temporary Retail Food Establishment Permit Application (Chinese)
Temporary Retail Food Establishment Permit Application (Spanish)
Temporary Retail Food Establishment Permit Application (Vietnamese)

Complete the appropriate Permit application and bring it to the Environmental Health Department at 1 Civic Plaza NW 87102 or fax the document to 505-768-2698 or if
you need assistance, call 505-768-2738.

All applications must be submitted at least 1 (one) week prior to the event.
Please note, permits submitted after 4:30 p.m. may not be processed until the next business day.

Fees

Temporary Food-Service Establishment Permit: $25.00
Raw Produce Permit: $15.00
Temporary Retail Food Establishment Permit: $50.00