Local events are a great way to bring communities closer together. Many public events operate annually, becoming anticipated festivities and a point of pride for the hosting community. Some events such as those that operate in conjunction with a Farmers Markets operate on a regular basis all year round.
Community event permit forms must be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to the event. Event organizers are required to obtain an Event Organizer Permit and ensure they collect the Temporary Food Facility Permit (booth) applications from all food vendors who do not already have a Santa Cruz County Year-Round Vendor, Swap Meet Prepackaged Food Stand, Mobile Food Facility, or Cart permit. The event organizer ensures that all food vendors comply with all laws and regulations.
Certified Farmers Markets
A Certified Farmers Market is a location certified by the County Agricultural Commissioner and permitted as a Certified Farmers Market by Environmental Health, where Certified Farmers can sell locally grown agricultural products they produce directly to the public.
A community event can be operated in conjunction with a Certified Farmers Market to allow the sale of non-agricultural products next to the Certified Farmers Market. A separate Event Organizer Permit and corresponding Temporary Food Facility Permits are required.
Swap meet organizers are required to obtain an Event Organizer Permit. In addition, each food vendor is required to obtain their own Santa Cruz County Temporary Food Facility, Swap Meet Prepackaged Food Stand, Mobile Food Facility or Cart permit. The swap meet organizer ensures that all food vendors comply with all laws and regulations.