100 Glenns Creek Road Frankfort, KY 40601
Business Office (502) 564-4269
Clinic Services (502) 564-7647
School Health (502) 564-7381
Emergency After-Hours Number (502) 875-8582
851 East West Connector Frankfort, KY 40601
Business Office (502) 564-9336
Community Health (502) 564-5559
Environmental Health (502) 564-7382
HANDS (502) 564-5559
Home Health (502) 564-7383

Temporary Food Service Permits

All temporary concessions shall meet requirements for Temporary Food Service Permits and are subject to inspection and enforcement by Health Department Inspectors. Only those potentially hazardous foods requiring limited preparation shall be prepared or served unless specifically approved by the department.

A permit application and list of foods to be offered shall be submitted to this Department prior to the operation of any temporary food concession.  
See the resources below to learn more.

 Temporary Food Booth Permit Requirements
 Structure Requirements
Your booth must be designed with Food Safety and Protection in mind. The booth should have an overhead covering and be entirely enclosed except for the serving window and have only 1 flap for entry. Clear plastic or screening on sidewalls will aid visibility. Only food workers may be permitted inside the food preparation area and animals are excluded. 

You must contact our office at least 30 days prior to your event.

Temporary Food booths are to be inspected prior to opening. If a Temporary Food Booth operates without a valid permit, it will be closed immediately. Weekend events are to inspected and permitted prior to Friday at 3:00 PM. 

Be prepared to tell the Environmental Team where you will hold the event, what you plan to serve, where the food will come from, how you will prepare or transport the food, and precautions that will be taken to prevent contamination.
Keep your menu simple and keep potentially hazardous foods to a minimum. Avoid using precooked foods or leftovers. Cook to order, so as to avoid the potential for bacterial contamination. Use only foods from approved sources, avoiding foods that have been prepared at home.
You must use a metal stem food thermometer to check the internal temperatures of both hot foods and cold foods. Hamburgers and ground beef should be cooked to at least 155° Fahrenheit, all other foods to at least 165° Fahrenheit.
Heat foods to above 165° Fahrenheit within 30 minutes.
Do not attempt to heat foods in crock-pots, steam tables, sterno or other hot holding devices.
 Cooling and cold storage   
Foods that require refrigeration must be cooled to 41° Fahrenheit as quickly as possible and held at that temperature until ready to serve. To cool foods down quickly, use an ice water bath (60% ice and 40% water), stirring the product frequently, or place the food in shallow metal pans no more that 4 inches deep and refrigerate. Pans should not be stored one atop another and lids should be off until the food is completely cooled. Check to internal temperature periodically to see if the food is cooling properly.
If food must be transported from one location to another, keep it well covered and provide adequate temperature controls. Use refrigerated trucks or insulated containers to keep hot foods hot (above 135° Fahrenheit) and cold foods cold (below 40° Fahrenheit)
Hand Washing
Hand washing facilities must be separate from utensil washing sinks and shall be provided inside each booth. The hand washing area shall be equipped a turn valve dispenser or urn with warm water, soap and single use sanitary towels. A waste-water collector or bucket will be directly below the urn to collect waste. 



Health and Hygiene
Only healthy workers should prepare and serve food. Anyone that shows signs or symptoms of illness or whom have open cuts, sores or abrasions should not be allowed in the food booth. Workers should wear clean outer garments and should never smoke in the booth or near food!
Food Handling 
Avoid bare hand contact with raw, ready-to-serve foods and food contact surfaces. Use disposable gloves, tongs, napkins or other tools to handle food.
Dish Washing
Use disposable utensils for food service. Keep your hands away from food contact surfaces and never reuse disposable ware. Wash equipment and utensils in a 4 step sanitizing process: 1-washing in hot soapy water. 2 - rinsing in hot water. 3- chemical sanitizing. 4- air-drying. 

Ice used to cool cans and bottles should not be used in cup-beverages and should be stored separately.
Wiping Cloths
Rinse and store your wiping cloths in a bucket of sanitizer (1 capful of bleach for every 2 gallons of water) Change the solution every 2 hours.
Insect Control and Wastes
Keep foods covered to protect them from insects. Store pesticides away from food and food contact equipment. Place garbage and paper wastes in a refuse container with a tight-fitting lid. Dispose of waste-water in an approved septic tank or public toilet. Grease waste should be disposed of in a grease tank.

Temporary Food Booth Permit Fees

1 - 3 Day Event
4 - 7 Days Event
8 - 14 Day Event

   The Top 6 Causes of Food Poisoning    
Inadequate Cooling and Cold Holding More than 1 half of all food poisonings or food borne illnesses are to due keeping foods out at room temperature for more than 2-4 hours. 
Preparing Food too Far Ahead of Service Food prepared 12 or more hours before service increases the risk of temperature abuse.
Inadequate Reheating When leftovers are not reheated to at least 165° Fahrenheit, illness often results.
Inadequate Hot Holding Cooked foods must be held at least 140° Fahrenheit until served. Bacteria grow rapidly when hot foods are held below 140°.
Contaminated Raw Foods and Ingredients Serving raw shellfish, milk or eggs has led to many serious food borne outbreaks including death. Always use pasteurized products. 

 Frankfort Ordinance
 Frankfort allows food trucks to operate within city limits based on state health department guidelines.
Downtown Frankfort, Inc. coordinates food trucks in downtown locations, assigning locations for them to operate in.

• Food truck owners must purchase a $150 itinerant business license
• Trucks must also undergo a statewide mobile inspection by health department personnel;
• After 14 days, the truck is not allowed to operate at the same address for 30 days. It can however, operate for another 14-day period at a new address as close as next door.

Our Mission: Prevent. Promote. Protect. Franklin County.
Our Vision: Live. Work. Play. Pray. Healthy!
Our Values: Accountability, Dedication, Empowerment, Equity, Excellence, Flexibility, Integrity, Respect



The Franklin County Health Department is committed to a policy of providing opportunities to people regardless of economic or social status and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, veteran status, or physical or mental disability. FCHD is an equal opportunity provider and equal opportunity employer.

The Franklin County Health Department endeavors to make its Website accessible to the widest possible audience. Any problems with or questions about the Franklin County Health Department Website may be directed to the  webmaster.


 FCHD will be closed the following dates   FCHD Board of Health Meetings - Special Meetings  
Monday   Jan 20 Martin Luther King Day         
Thursday March 12

Staff Development Day


Friday April 10  Good Friday, Closed 1/2 day         
Monday May 25 Memorial Day        
Thursday  June 4

Staff Development Meeting 

FCHD Closed 

Friday July 3 Independence Day         
Monday Sept 7 Labor Day      FCHD Board of Health Meetings -  
Tuesday Nov 3 Presidential Election Day    
 6pm at FCHD - Public Health Center, Available to the public online as needed to COVID19. 
Wednesday Nov 11 Veterans Day     September 21, 2020  
Thursday Nov 26 Thanksgiving Day     December 21, 2020  
Friday Nov 27 FCHD Closed      March 15, 2021  
Thursday  Dec 24 Christmas Eve     June 21, 2021  
Wednesday Dec 25 Christmas Day        
Thursday Dec 31 New Year's Eve        
Frday  Jan 1,2021 New Year's Day