Temporary food stalls

Temporary food stalls

The temporary food approval system is changing

From 1 July 2017 our health and building unit will no longer issue approval for temporary food stalls in the local area.

For events on City-owned land, our events and film liaison team will issue approval for the entire event.

What does this mean for temporary food stall permits?

All temporary food stalls will be required to register with the City. Changes to the application form will reflect this and will come into effect on 1 July 2017.

Each year only 1 fee will apply if/when your stall is inspected. Even though your stall may be inspected more than once, you will only need to pay 1 fee each financial year.

If you are trading at an event you must provide the event organiser with your temporary food permit number.

All stallholders who already have a temporary food permit number will keep the same number. Only new stallholders will need to register.

How to seek approval before 1 July 2017

The transition period to the new approval system is from 3 April 2017 to 1 July 2017.

The current approval process is still in operation until 30 June 2017. 

  • If you are only operating at 1 event in the City of Sydney local area before 1 July 2017, we recommend you apply for one-off approval.
  • If you wish to purchase a 13-month or 24-month approval (see below), please note it will expire on 30 June 2017.
  • If you are trading at more than 1 event, you may wish to purchase a 13-month or 24-month approval.

If you are trading at an event on private land you do not require temporary food approval.


If you have any questions about these changes, please contact:

02 9265 9333

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 or provide food and drink at public events, you need approval from the City. You can apply with the temporary food stall application. 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 or provide. High risk approvals are for potentially hazardous food and low risk approvals are for potentially non-hazardous food and includes 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 where 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 that 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 requirements for the operation of a temporary food stall, the Food Act 2003, and the Australian New Zealand Food Standards Code.

Temporary stalls selling or providing goods not in the supplier's 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

Information for event organisers

City of Sydney approval is required for events involving food and drink. Event organisers must download and complete the event registration form. 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.


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Last updated: Monday, 15 May 2017