All "Temporary Food Establishment" (TFE) vendors shall submit applications to the event coordinator.  Event Coordinators will collect applications and submit all applications to Wake County Environmental Services.


A "Temporary Food Establishment" (TFE) permit is required to sell food or drink at a special event. This permit is issued in conjunction with a fair, carnival, circus, public exhibition or other similar gathering that operates for a period of 21 days or less. Examples are the NC State Fair, holiday festivals, traveling carnivals and special events.


Vendors who sell only dipped ice cream, shaved ice, popcorn, candied apples, cotton candy, funnel cakes, doughnuts, peanuts and commercially prepackaged chips and candy do not have to get an operational permit from this Department; however, vendors should contact the NC Department of Agriculture at 919-733-7366 to determine if a permit is needed from them.


There is a $75 fee for each temporary food establishment (TFE) permit issued. How can I make a payment? Coordinator applications, vendor applications and vendor fees must be received by Wake County Environmental Services at least 15 calendar days prior to the event for consideration. Each question must be answered or the application will be returned.

As the event coordinator it is your responsibility to:



  • Complete and submit the Temporary Food Establishment Coordinator Application
  • List all food vendors, including those giving samples away, food trucks, non-profits and VIP sections
  • Indicate on the application if menus are restricted as a part of the event contract
  • Submit with application any other special requirements or restrictions, (special grease mats required, no sales after a certain time, etc.)
  • Submit map showing the location of all food vendors, water connection, grey water tanks, grease disposal, etc.
  • Collect ALL the Temporary Food Establishment applications. Payments can be submitted by you, or each vendor can arrange payment after applications are received.
  • Collect all non-profit exemption forms (if needed)
  • Submit all TFE applications to Wake County Environmental Services well in advance of the 15-day deadline.



It is strongly recommended that application packets be received before the 15-day deadline, in case other vendors need permits and/or to collect payments.

Complete application packets may be submitted in person to
Wake County Environmental Services at 336 Fayetteville St, Raleigh,
mailed to PO Box 550, Raleigh, NC 27602

Food Vendor Forms:


Temporary Food Establishment Vendor Application 

2017 State Fair TFE Application

Got to Be NC Vendor Application


Coordinator Form:


Temporary Food Establishment Coordinator Application




Some vendors may be exempt from the North Carolina regulations requiring an operational permit to prepare and sell food or drink for pay.


For more information contact Laura Lerch at 919-856-6609 or email


Payments: May be called in to 919-856-7400.