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Environment, Health and Safety

Food Permits

All campus events where food is served or sold must have an approved Food Sevice Permit issued by EH&S.

Serving Food on Campus

In accordance with Erie County Department of Heath guidelines, the University at Buffalo prohibits the sale and distribution to the public of any foods by any student association, faculty or staff unless the foods are prepared in a kitchen that holds a valid Erie County Department of Health permit.  Preparation of food in homes or dorms of individuals is not permitted. 

An Erie County Department of Health permit for Temporary Food Service will be required for all events that are open to the public. The only exceptions are manufactured –prepackaged items such as bottled drinks, individual bags of chips, candy and traditional baked goods (Foods without cream, cheese, custard or meat fillings such as cookies, cakes, breads, biscuits, muffins, churros, pastries, brownies, fruit pies, cakes, granola and pizelles).

EH&S has adopted Erie County Department of Health’s guidelines (pdf) for temporary food stands to ensure that basic food sanitation requirements and practices are incorporated into temporary food service locations on campus whether the food is open to the public or limited to the student association or department.

EH&S Food Service Applications must be submitted at least  fifteen (15) business days in advance of the event whether it is open to the public or limited to the department or student association.   

All groups must have a copy of the approved food service application and permit at their event.

The table below can help you to determine what kind of permit(s) are required for your event:

FOOD PERMIT TABLE
Type of Event EHS Food Service Application Required Erie County Permit Required
Private: Campus Food - Members Only (invited guests know to the Department or Organization)
No No
Public: Campus Food - Open to the campus community and/or general public Yes No
Private: Baked Goods - Foods without cream, cheese, custard or meat fillings (such as cookies), cakes, breads, biscuts, muffins, churros, pastries, brownies, fruit pies, cakes, granola, pizelles Yes No
Public: Baked Goods - Foods without cream, cheese, custard or meat fillings (such as cookies), cakes, breads, biscuts, muffins, churros, pastries, brownies, fruit pies, cakes, granola, pizelles Yes No
Private: External Food Provider - Restaurant, caterer, food truck Yes No
Public: External Food Provider - Restaurant, caterer, food truck Yes Yes
Private: Supermarket Prepared - Cooked food that is "ready to eat" Yes No
Public: Supermarket Prepared - Cooked food that is "ready to eat" Yes Yes
Private: Supermarket not Prepared - Food that is not ready to eat and needs to be prepared (cooked)
Yes No
Public: Supermarket Not Prepared - Food that is not ready to eat and needs to be prepared (cooked) No "homemade food" of any type may be sold or given away free on campus. A licensed caterer or vendor must be used.

How to Obtain a Food Permit

In order to obtain a permit, fill out the Food Service Permit Application below. In some cases, your event may require a permit from the Erie County Health Department. If so, EH&S will process the additional paperwork on behalf of the Sponsoring Organization.

Please allow up to 15 business days to review and process your request.

Note: If your event covers consecutive dates, you only have to fill out one application. If the event is over non-consecutive days, please fill out a separate application for each date.

Food Service Permit Application