Temporary Food Service License
A completed application from shall be completed by the applicant / organization and submitted along with the associated license fee to the department for approval five days prior to event. There will be a late penalty fee of $50 applied to the license if the form is submitted within 5 days of the event.
Approval of any application is based on information provided on the form and on any follow-up information obtained. Final permission to operate is determined by a satisfactory on-site inspection prior to the start of your operation. Please feel free to contact this office at 309.524.2373 if you have any questions.
Provide an adequate supply of thermometers to check refrigeration and food temperatures. Metal stem, “bayonet” type thermometers shall be provided. Be sure to sanitize the probe between uses by wiping with an alcohol swab or immersing in a sanitizer solution.
Be sure to have enough scoops, tongs, and ladles to serve food and ice. Note: Never use bare hands or allow customers to use hands to serve food. If you use plastic gloves, check often for holes and change whenever they are soiled or after handling raw food products.
Use only single-serve (disposable) plates, forks, spoons, napkins, etc. for food service. Keep all these articles covered and up off the ground until used. When dispensing forks and other utensils, position them so that only the handles are exposed. That way the food contact surfaces are protected from possible contamination. Reuse is strictly prohibited. Single service articles shall be passed out by personnel or be stored in dispensers for customers self service.
Source of Food
All food served must be from an approved source. No Home-prepared foods are permitted at any time. When planning your menu, choose items requiring minimal preparation. Your best choices are cook-to-order items such as: hamburgers, hot dogs, tenderloins, sausages, etc.
Sanitizer and Utensil Washing Technique
To wash all utensils, pots, pans, or any other food service articles, use the following sequence:
- detergent wash
- clean water rinse
- sanitizing rinse
- air dry only
For sanitizers, there are several commercial products available. Follow label directions carefully. Household bleach (e.g. “Clorox”) can also be used by adding two teaspoons to one gallon of water. You may use clean plastic buckets or pans for utensil washing. These containers must be large enough to immerse the utensils to be cleaned. Warm water shall be used. Utensils shall be cleaned and sanitized after main use periods or at several hour intervals. Wiping cloths shall be stored in a sanitizing (bleach/water) solution and kept clean.
Use garbage cans with lids; be sure to plan or provide for adequate pickup or disposal to prevent an accumulation of garbage. Plastic bags used to line the cans are recommended. Keep any open containers, provided for the public use, located some distance from your operation.
Personal Hygiene/ Hand washing
No smoking, eating, or drinking is permitted while working in the food service operation. Hand washing shall be done diligently and frequently, especially after visiting the toilet or after handling contaminated or soiled surfaces. Warm water, soap, and disposable towels are to be provided. Again, a plastic bucket or basin is all that is required. A liquid, pump soap is ideal. Keep paper towels handy and change water frequently.
Your best and most convenient choice is individual packets. An acceptable solution is pump or squeeze bottles. Do not allow customers to help themselves from open jars or containers. Onions, relishes, etc. should be applied by the food preparer to the customer’s order rather than allowing the customer to help him/herself.
Food shall be protected from contaminants such as insects, dust, rain, birds, etc. All open food shall be wrapped or in covered containers. The stand and all outside cooking areas shall be under cover.
Food Temperatures/ Heating and Cooling Equipment
Potentially hazardous food (milk or milk products, eggs, meat, poultry, and fish) shall be maintained at temperatures of 41 °F or colder or at temperatures of 135° F or hotter. These temperatures must be maintained at all times including during storage, holding, and transporting operations. Fresh pork and poultry must be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 165 °F. Mechanical cooling units shall be utilized whenever possible. Ice of any type is less preferable; when ice is used, the supply and food temperatures shall be closely monitored. Only purchased ice shall be used; packaged food shall not be stored in direct contact with water or undrained ice. Soft drinks may also be stored in a cooler as long as the ice is not used for consumption. The use of crock pots for holding hot foods is discouraged. They often take too long to reach a hot enough temperature to prevent bacterial growth. An acceptable alternative is the electric “roaster” unit which many organizations currently own and use. Again, keep a thermometer handy to check the food temperature on a regular basis. Some means shall be provided for heating water used in utensil and hand washing operations.
Accessibility to a potable water supply is critical—you may want to plan on providing your own. You can store water in clean 5 gallon containers made of food safe materials. Rinse with a bleach and water solution before filling. If hoses are to be used to provide water, these hoses shall be:
- Approved for supplying potable water; many regular hoses can allow chemicals to leach out in hot water;
- Located in areas which do not allow the hose to be submerged in standing water;
- Provided with approved backflow devices as required by the local plumbing code.