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General Guidelines for Special Events Vending

Food Vendors that are selected must meet the guidelines of the City of Jacksonville Office of Special events.*
Only full-service restaurants, fast food and licensed food vendors will be considered for participation in any City of Jacksonville Special Events.

Vendors must adhere to all rules and regulations set forth in this document and City ordinance 93-1761-1390.

  1. All food vendors who do not have an annual license will need to apply for and purchase a temporary event license on site at the event.
  2. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation will be on site at all City of Jacksonville Special Events to inspect all booths.  Please review the guidelines for temporary events provided by the Department of Professional Regulation to ensure that each food vendor is properly set-up.
  3. Food vendors will be required to show proof of Comprehensive General Liability policy with liability limits $1,000,000 per occurrence and $1,000,000 aggregates. The City of Jacksonville must be named as additional insured on these policies.  The City of Jacksonville must receive certificates of insurance with the vendor application.
  4. All vendors who have three (3) or more employees must provide a copy of Workers Compensation Insurance with liability limits of $100,000.
  5. All vendors are required to show proof of Automobile Insurance on all owned or hired automobiles with liability limits of $100,000/$300,000 or $500,000 CLS.
  6. Participating food vendors must comply with the rules and regulations of the State of Florida Health Department and any other governmental body with jurisdiction over any City of Jacksonville special event.
  7. Food vendors must be identified at any City of Jacksonville Special event by name used at the principal place of business.
  8. Only approved food items as listed on the application may be sold.  Not items such as t-shirts, cups, aprons, etc., may be sold by participants during the event without written approval of the Special Events Director.
  9. No vendors may serve or sell any beverages, unless approved by the City of Jacksonville Office of Special Events.
  10. Any promotional items given away at the event must be approved in advance by the Special Events Director.
  11. No roaming ill be permitted during any event.
  12. Trailers will be considered for events, please provide picture with application.
  13. No items may be served in a glass container of any kind.
  14. The event committee will review applications; specific foods must be listed on the application to ensure a balanced selection of menu items per vendor.

*The City of Jacksonville Office of Special events recruits and registers vendors for each of our events.  If someone other than the City of Jacksonville contacts you about vending at city events, please be aware that he/she may be selling fraudulent vendor placements.  Any vendors not registered through the City of Jacksonville will not be permitted at City of Jacksonville Special Events.  Any person(s) found to be selling fraudulent vendor spots for City of Jacksonville Special Events will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

For additional vendor information, call Cathy Butler (904) 630-3690 or e-mail

City of Jacksonville, Special Events Office
117 West Duval Street, Suite 280
Jacksonville, Florida  32202
(904) 630-3690


City of Jacksonville, FL
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