Vendor FAQs

Vendor FAQs

Food Permit
Do I need a temporary food facility (TFF) permit? The Humboldt Department of Environmental Health (DEH) does not require permits for food booths that offer only commercially pre-packaged foods that are not potentially hazardous, dispense only beverages that are not potentially hazardous, or permitted Cottage Food Operations (CFO) vending only their approved products in its approved CFO packaging.  Examples include canned beverages, packaged snacks (chips, crackers, nuts, etc.), and candy bars.  In order to qualify, food items must be offered in the original manufacturer’s packaging, to be opened only by the consumer. Contact DEH 707-445-6215 with any questions.

I have a Cottage Food Operation (CFO) permit. Do I need a TTF permit for this event? No. The Humboldt Department of Environmental Health does not require permits for food booths that offer only commercially pre-packaged foods that are not potentially hazardous, dispense only beverages that are not potentially hazardous, or permitted Cottage Food Operations (CFO) vending only their approved products in its approved CFO packaging. Contact DEH 707-445-6215 with any questions.

When is the deadline to get a TTF Permit? Applications for Temporary Food Facility permits must be received at DEH by 5:00 p.m. no later than ten (10) working days before the beginning of the event.  DEH “working days” do not include Saturdays, Sundays, or holidays.  (For example, if an event occurs on Saturday, the deadline is 5:00 p.m. Friday two weeks prior).  Applications received or postmarked after the deadline will be accepted, provided the application is accompanied by twice the regular permit fee.
 
Fire Extinguisher
I am selling jewelry; do I really need to have a fire extinguisher? Yes, all booths are required by the fire department to have a 2A Fire Extinguisher at their booth.

Where can I get a 2A fire extinguisher? 2A Fire extinguishers are available at your local hardware store, Walmart, Amazon.

What is a 2A fire extinguisher? Fire Extinguishers are rated A-B or C. An A-rated fire extinguisher is used to put out fires fueled by wood, paper or cloth. The A- and B- rated fire extinguishers also use numbers to show how large a fire they can fight. A higher number means the extinguisher can battle a bigger blaze. A 2A rating equals 2.5 gallons of water. An A-rated fire extinguisher needs at least a 2A rating to be effective.
 
Resale Tax Number
Do I need a Resale Tax Number? All booths that are selling a tangible product need a temporary sales permit. If you have any questions specific questions you can contact the State Board of Equalization at (707)576-2100.
How do I get a resale tax number? Apply online at http://www.boe.ca.gov It is simple and free. If you have questions, call the helpful people at the State Board of Equalization, (707)576-2100.
 
Insurance
Do I need a certificate of liability? If so, for how much? Only food vendors are required to provide a certificate of liability for $2,000,000.

Who should the certificate of Liability include? The certificate of Liability should list Eureka Main Street (525 2nd Street, Suite #105, Eureka, CA 95501) and City of Eureka (531 K Street, Eureka, CA 95501) as additionally insured.

Where can I get the required insurance? Call your current insurance provider (business/homeowners) to ask if they can provide it for you or if they have any recommendations.
 
Hold Harmless Form
Do I need to fill out the same form twice? Yes. One is for Eureka Main Street, the other copy is for the City of Eureka.

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