Temporary Food Service Establishments

The City of Nashua Environmental Health Department licenses and inspects temporary food service events. 

If you are planning on hosting an event which provides food to the public, you will need to complete a temporary food service application along with a $50 application fee.  An additional $25 expedite fee will be applied for applications received less than 2 weeks prior to the start of the event.   

An Environmental Health Specialist is available to answer any questions regarding an event by calling our main office at 603-589-4530.

Temporary Food Service Events present a unique challenge to food safety as the food is served, and sometimes prepared, outside the controlled environment of a commercially licensed kitchen. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that each year 1 in 6 people get sick, 128,000 will be hospitalized, and 3,000 people will die from a foodborne illness.

There are several contributing factors to foodborne illness, but being aware of some of the common causes are critical in ensuring food safety for all patrons. Common causes of foodborne illness include:

  • Improper cooling and cold holding (cold food must be held below 41F)
  • Improper hot holding (hot food must be held above 140F)
  • Improper reheating of previously cooked food to above 165F
  • Preparing food too far ahead of service increases risk of temperature abuse
  • Poor personal hygiene, such as poor or improper hand washing and infected food workers
  • Contaminated raw foods and ingredients

Food Service Fees

The Environmental Health Department Food Service Fees were updated on August 9, 2022. View the updated fees here.

Temporary Food Service Event Forms

COVID-19 Event Best Practices

Event planners are strongly urged to consider implementing strategies that reduce the spread of COVID-19 among staff and attendees. For a list of event guidance, view our COVID-19 Event Guidance document.