Temporary food stalls

Temporary food stalls

How to apply

Sampling Sydney's huge range of cuisines is part of the appeal of visiting our markets, festivals and other public events. The City of Sydney provides advice to businesses, carries out food safety inspections and investigates cases of food-borne illnesses to protect public health.

Information for stallholders 

If you want to sell food and drink at public events, you need approval from the City. You can apply using the temporary food stall application form at the end of this page.

There are 2 types of approval:

  • High risk: 13 month approval.
  • Low risk: 24 month approval.

The approval you select will depend on the type of food you intend to sell. High risk approvals are for the sale of potentially hazardous food and low risk approvals are for the sale of non-potentially hazardous food and include the sale of hot drinks containing commercial milk products.

Fees, risk classification, payment and submission methods are detailed in the application form. A separate application form and fee must be lodged for each stall you have. Applications and payment must be submitted at least 28 days prior to the first event at which you intend to operate.

A current approval fee covers the cost of food safety inspections.

Once your stall is approved by the City, you will receive an approval certificate which must be available for inspection at all times during an event. You will be given a unique approval number to provide to event organisers. Event organisers will need to approve your participation at each event separately.

Requests to review a decision to revoke or decline approval should be made in writing to the City.

Food safety requirements

Your application must provide evidence of a current satisfactory food safety inspection for all off-site food preparation and storage associated with the stall. The inspection can be carried out by the City, another council or the NSW Food Authority. The report you receive from the inspection must be lodged with your application for approval.

Your food stall must practice safe food handling, comply with the City's fact sheet entitled ’Requirements for the operation of a temporary food stall’, the Food Act 2003, and the Australian New Zealand Food Standards Code.

Temporary stalls selling goods not in the suppliers’ original packaging that are ready-to-eat and potentially hazardous will need to appoint a food safety supervisor in line with the NSW Food Authority requirements.

Application checklist

  • Completed and signed temporary food stall application form.
  • Copy of a current satisfactory food safety inspection report for off-site food areas.
  • Completed credit card form (see below) or cheque payable to ‘City of Sydney Council'.

Information for event organisers

All temporary events where food will be served must firstly be registered online with the NSW Food Authority (see link below). 

City of Sydney approval is also required for events in a public place selling food and drink. Event organisers must download and complete the event registration form (see below). This must be submitted at least 28 days before an event takes place.

If you are providing stalls, please note that the standard fête-type stalls are often too small for cooking operations. As cooking, food preparation and storage is often conducted at the rear of the stall, this area must be provided with overhead cover such as a tarpaulin. Waterproof ground cover must be provided.

Registration checklist

  • Completed and signed temporary food stall event register.
  • Site map indicating stall locations.
  • List of stalls including name, site location and list of City of Sydney temporary food stall approval numbers.


Food Standards CodeFood Act 2003Food Regulation 2010Food safety supervisorsNSW Food Authority: Food notify siteTemporary events guidelines

Last updated: Tuesday, 29 July 2014