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Food Safety Program: "Pop-Up" and other Non-traditional Food Facilities

A Pop-Up Vendor is a licensed food facility operating no more than 3 days/week out of a currently permitted food facility.

Obtaining a Permit

Refer to the Fee Schedule in the Helpful Links for information on application fees. Send all application forms and documents to:

  • Environmental Health Section
  • Attn: Food Safety Program
  • 1390 Market Street, Suite 210
  • San Francisco, CA 94102

To obtain a permit to operate, you must submit the following materials:

1.    Completed Permitted Kitchen Verification Form for Pop-Up
2.     Pop-up Fee: credit card, check, or money order for $191.00 made out to SFDPH
3.    Copy of Pop-Up Certified Food Safety Certificate
4.    Copy of Pop-Up Menu
5.    Copy of your Permit to Operate and most recent inspection report from already permitted operation. In order to obtain pop-up approval, you are required to be a permitted food facility within a city, county, or state. For example, a permitted catering operation.
6.    Copy of Permit to Operate and most recent inspection report from already permitted operation.
7.    Floor plan of pop-up host location: indicate all equipment, sinks, storage spaces, and details on pop-up set-up.  Identify all epuipment to be used by pop-up
8.    Transport Operation Plan: brief description of safe food handling practices in regards to the protection of food, equipment, and utensils from contamination and/or temperature abuses during transport from commissary to pop-up.  This will only be needed if commissary and pop-up at different location
9.    Facility Operation Plan at pop-up location: brief description of pop-up set-up and safe food handling practices in regards to the protection of food, equipment, and utensils from contamination and/or temperature abuses at pop-up site.

 

**Important** The Pop-Up Health Permit is location specific and cannot be transferred to another kitchen without approval from the Health Department.  Application fee may apply for transfer of commissary and/or pop-up location.

 

For information on permits for pop-up and other non-traditional temporary food facilities, please call our office at 415-252-3800.