While both must report to an approved commissary, the special event retail food licensed vendor may operate only at special events, and have far less stringent equipment requirements. A mobile retail food establishment licensed vendor is associated with a specific mobile truck, trailer, or pushcart, and may operate at any event, any location, and at any time, within the travel time and/or distance constraints of their commissary.
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No. The license they hold is only valid for the location indicated on their license. To operate at a separate location, an additional license is required.
Arapahoe County Public Health does not accept special event retail food establishment licenses from other counties. However we do accept mobile licenses issued in the state of Colorado, except for the City and County of Denver
Vendors that are only providing 2 fl. oz. or less samples or vendors that are operating as nonprofit would be considered exempt and would not need a special event license to operate. Please contact us with any questions as to what may be considered exempt.
No. Only final assembly of products can take place onsite (such as placing a hot dog or hamburger on a bun). All food items must be prepared at a commissary. This includes washing, chopping, peeling, dicing, shredding, and mixing activities. All poultry and ground beef are required to be precooked. Chicken and turkey may be purchased precooked. Hamburger patties may be pre-formed and frozen