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- The event organizer must contact the Health Department
at least 48 hours before the event to obtain a permit.
The Health Department will need information about
the event, including the number and names of barbeque
- Each competitor / operation must be inspected
before food is served. A single permit will be issued
to the event organizer and is valid only for the
- A City of Columbia Temporary Business License
is needed. The license is valid for a maximum of
14 days and can be obtained at the City Business
License Office located at 725 E. Broadway.
- The event organizers must designate someone as
“Food Safety Officer”. This person,
through work experience or education, must be able
to demonstrate knowledge of food safety issues.
Food Safety Requirements:
- All meats must come from an approved inspected
- All meat must be inspected by the designated “Food
- All meat must be stored at or below 41 degrees
F prior to cooking.
- All meat shall be cooked on a covered grill or
- For the event, only meat may be offered to judges.
Any side dishes, such as coleslaw or potato salad
must follow the rules for temporary food facilities.
- Once cooked, all meat must be covered to protect
it from insects.
- Meat must be held at 140 degrees F. If time is
to be used as a public health control, written procedures
must be instituted and records must be available
to the Health Authority. Meats may be held a maximum
of 4 hours without maintaining the 140-degree temperature.
Any meat leftover after 4 hours will be disposed
- The “Food Safety Officer” shall monitor
the event to insure and promote food safety compliance.
- Hand washing stations must be strategically located
so each participant has convenient access. Each
hand washing station must be equipped with soap
& paper towels. A container with a minimum of
5 gallons of water from an approved source may be
used. Containers must have a spigot that will supply
water until turned off (No push buttons). A method
of providing hot water is encouraged.
- Wastewater must be collected in a container and
properly disposed of.
A permit from the Health Department is required
- Any event open to the public where food is provided
unless the exceptions below apply.
A permit from the Health Department is not
- An establishment that offers only prepackaged
non-potentially hazardous foods.
- A produce stand that offers only whole, uncut
fruits and vegetables.
- A kitchen in a private home if only food that
is non-potentially hazardous is prepared for sale
or service as part of a not-for profit event. Examples
include a religious on non-profit organization having
a bake sale.
- A closed event, with only invited guests. The
public must not be able to attend, without invitation.
Examples of closed events include religious gatherings
involving members of a church, weddings parties,
family reunions, or company picnics.
- A private kitchen of a family day care facility,
or a bed and breakfast facility limited to 4 bedrooms