Apply for Temporary Food Permits

Instructions on how to apply for temporary food permits in the City of St. Louis


The City of St. Louis Department of Health is charged with ensuring safe food practices for anyone who distributes food products to the community. Temporary Food Permits assist the Department with this process by helping assure public health through inspections, free training, and knowing where food is being sold or distributed if there is a foodborne illness outbreak.

Ordinance 71324 replaces Ordinances 71106 and 68597 and updates the City of St. Louis Food Code based on the latest edition of the National Food Code published by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Food and Drug Administration, with local revisions and amendments. Ordinance 71324 also adopts the social justice/equity aspects surrounding nutritious food access. In addition, it seeks to obtain greater compliance through reduced permit fee options and free food safety training, paid for by application fees.

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Department of Health

(314) 612-5100

1520 Market, Room 4051
St. Louis, MO 63103

Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm

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