Food service establishments (FSEs) (e.g. restaurants) and some mobile food vending units with a valid permit issued by the NYC Department of Health (DOHMH) are not required to obtain a separate TFSE permit to operate at special events on a temporary basis. Mobile food vending units can only participate in events where their DOHMH permit is valid, otherwise, the operator must obtain a separate TFSE permit. A copy of the FSE's permit must be kept onsite at the temporary event and available upon inspection.
A TFSE permit is only valid when used in conjunction with an event that meets one or more of the following criteria:
- A single event with a one-time continuous duration of 14 days or less
- Recurring events that do not exceed 3 total days per week at the same location
- Multiple events at different locations occurring in the same week that do not occur at the same location, day or time, and which do not exceed three days in a given week.