PROVIDING FOOD TO THE PUBLIC
WHETHER FREE OF CHARGE OR FOR A CHARGE
MAY REQUIRE LICENSING!

 

If you provide food to the public in any form, you may require temporary food service licensing by the Marquette County Health Department (MCHD) Environmental Health (EH) Division.  These requirements are dictated by Michigan Food Law and apply to both "for profit" and "non-profit" organizations, whether free of charge or for a fee.

Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Providing free hot dogs at a customer appreciation event.
  • Providing hot dogs, nachos, fountain pop and other non-packaged foods at youth sporting events.
  • Providing food and refreshments as part of a community sporting events such as a bicycle race or a running race.
  • Providing concessions at outdoor community event such as music festivals, political rallies etc.
  • Providing foods at community block parties when foods are prepared or cooked on-site.
  • Offering beverages such as fountain pop, coffee, smoothies etc. to the public.

Temporary Food Service Licensing application materials can be found HERE.  Licenses are good for 2 weeks in one location and are non-transferable.

LOW-RISK TEMPORARY FOOD SERVICE LICENSING

Specific exemptions to temporary food service licensure include:

  • Private parties not open to the public, such as club meetings, weddings and funerals, where food is prepared and served by members of that group.
  • Fundraisers for 501c3 non-profit organizations serving ONLY home prepared foods transported to the event by members. i.e. "Pot Luck".
  • Bake Sales.
  • The sale of pre-packed non-potentially hazardous foods such as chips and candy and commercially wrapped ice cream products.

For further information, please contact (906) 475-4195.