Temporary food stalls

Temporary food stalls

Registering as a temporary food premises

New stallholders wishing to trade as a temporary food business at any market or event in the City of Sydney local area must register with the City by completing and submitting the temporary food stall application form. This includes trading on land not owned by the City, such as ICC, Barangaroo and so on.

You must ensure that registration is completed at least 28 days before your first event in the local area. We cannot guarantee that applications we receive with less than 48 hours notice will be approved in time for your event.

If/when your stall is inspected, 1 fee each financial year will apply. Even though your stall may be inspected more than once, you will only be charged 1 fee each financial year.

Temporary food premises number

All stallholders who already have a TFP number will keep the same number. You will not need to renew any licences. Only new stallholders need to register.

Once you have completed and submitted the temporary food stall application form, you will receive a confirmation email with your individual TFP number. You must keep a record of this number as you will no longer be provided with a document with this number on it.

When you are trading at an event you must provide the event organiser with your individual TFP number (for example, TFP/2017/xxx).

Once you register your TFP number will become your individual number, unless you sell the business or something significant changes with your business.

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 practise 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 

  • completed and signed temporary food stall application
  • copy of a current satisfactory food safety inspection report for off-site food areas 
  • cheque payable to 'City of Sydney Council'.  

Information for event organisers

The City's 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 TFP numbers. 


If you have any questions about registering a temporary food business, please contact:

02 9265 9333


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Last updated: Wednesday, 5 July 2017