Temporary Food Permits

If you or your organization will be serving food, even if catered, you will need a Temporary Food Service Operating Permit. Please be aware the permits are only intended for "temporary" food service for a few hours on one specific date. If you intend to establish a more permanent daily food service you must speak with the MU Sanitarian at 882-7018.


Obtaining a Temporary Food Service Operating Permit

You must read the Temporary Food Permit Guidelines before you complete the form and attest that you will assure the guidelines are followed for your event. After you have read the guidelines and completed all fields below, you may press the "Submit" button to send the information to the MU Sanitarian. The system will generate the Temporary Food Service Operating Permit which must be printed and posted near the food distribution location at your event. If you have specific questions concerning your event, the Temporary Food Permits Guidelines, or the Temporary Food Service Operating Permit, please contact the MU Sanitarian at 882-7018. Be sure, when completing the temporary food permit fields below, to indicate only times that food will be served. For example: The event room is reserved from 11:00AM to 10:00PM--but food will only be served from 5:00PM to 7:00PM. You should only indicate 5:00PM to 7:00PM in the temporary food permit request.


Special Conditions While Campus Operates Under COVID Modified Procedures

Temporary Food Permit applications must be submitted at least five (5) business days in advance of the event. The automated approval you receive is considered approved ONLY if (1) you have heard directly from the MU Sanitarian that you are approved, OR (2) if 48 hours prior to the event you have not received additional correspondence from the MU Sanitarian. Requests received less than five (5) business days in advance will still receive an automatic approval from our systems, but the request is considered DENIED unless you hear otherwise from MU's Sanitarian.

If your event is likely to have more than 20 participants, including those that stop by briefly, you must also complete a COVID-19 Event Request Form per renewal.missouri.edu/resources/forms-and-policies. To allow for processing, requests should be submitted at least seven (7) business days in advance.


Online Temporary Food Permits request form