Vendor Booth Rules

2019 Vendor Booth Rules

The downloadable application for a 2020 booth is here: pdf2020 Booth Application   We are working to get our online application working.  Contact  or call 801-859-5858 with any questions or concerns.

RULES - yes, Rules! These are necessary for the safety and efficiency of the Fair.

Rules for ALL BOOTHS (artists, crafts, non-profits, candidates, government agencies and food vendors)

An application will not be considered received unless accompanied by payment in full, including Security Deposit. To be considered on time, all booth applications must be received by August 15, 2020.    After that date, all applicants will need to pay a $15.00 late fee and will be put on a waiting list.

NOTE: All booth payments and deposits will be cashed or charged upon receipt of the application. Note: That your card is charged or your check is cashed does NOT automatically mean you have been assigned a booth!  It means you have successfully applied for a booth.  If for any reason your are not selected, a full refund will be issued as soon as possible.     

Vendors will be notified no later than August 31 of acceptance, and if not accepted, refunds will be issued immediately.  Accepted vendors will be given their booth location by August 31, or as soon as possible prior to our event date of September 12.  NOTE: Booth Payments and Security Deposits will be refunded in full if an application is not accepted. 

  • BOOTH SIZE: Each booth space is 12’ wide by 10’ deep.
  • You may apply to rent multiple booth spaces.
  • You may not extend into any side area or into the parking strip behind your booth. 
  • UNLESS YOU ARE A SPONSOR, WE DO NOT PROVIDE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING: Shade structures, tables, chairs, tie-downs, tools, power cords, surge protectors or hoses, fire extinguishers, shelving, or racks.
  • LOCATION: The Booth Selection Committee will assign booth locations along the Fair route and all accepted vendors will be notified by August 31 of their exact location.
  • We know that all vendors want the best spot, shade, a corner for ease of access, etc. 
  • Due to Fire Department regulations, hot food vendors will be located on the corners
  • All other vendors will be spaced according to type of booth for the overall look and feel of the Fair.  All decisions by the committee are final.  We do try to meet special needs or requests whenever possible, such as being next to a friend's booth. 
  • WATER & POWER: All food vendors will be allowed ONE (1) connection for electrical power if needed, and one (1) standard hose connection to water if needed, included with the cost of your booth application.  Others who have paid $10 for water, or $10 for electrical power, will be given ONE power or ONE water hookup.  You must bring your own hose and power cord and surge protector.
  • NO HOSES OR ELECTRICAL CORDS WILL BE PROVIDED by the Fair. You must bring your own 100-ft hose and your own 100 ft. power cord and a power strip/surge protector.
  • ONLY ONE (1) standard 110-volt plug-in will be allowed for each booth, and only ONE (1) standard hose connection for water. Non-food vendors who would like electricity or water must pay an extra $10.00 fee. Electricity and water for non-food booths is not guaranteed, it is subject to availability. All vendors who want electricity or water must check the correct boxes on the booth application form, and must include the appropriate fee. Bring your own power strip and 100-ft extension cord for electricity, and your own 100-foot hose for water. 
  • NOTE ON WATER AND ELECTRICITY:  ONLY ONE (1) standard 110- volt plug-in will be allowed for each booth. If water is requested, you must bring your own hose.

Security Deposit for ALL BOOTHS (except sponsors and government agency booths)

The $50 security deposit is required of ALL booths.   You will forfeit your security deposit if you do ANY of the following:

1. Arrive with a vehicle and attempt to get onto the street after 8:00 a.m.  (You must arrive before 8:00 a.m., and your vehicle must be off the street by 8:30 a.m.)

2. Your vehicle is still on the street in the setup area after 8:30 a.m. (your vehicle must be off the street by 8:30 a.m)

3. You take down your booth prior to 6:00 p.m. or prior to being told by your block captain that you can take down your booth.

4. You attempt to bring a vehicle onto the street before 6:00 p.m.  (No vehicles will be allowed onto the street until after 6:00 p.m., or if the Fair officially closes earlier due to weather).

5. Your booth area is not completely clean of trash and debris after 7:00 p.m.  

Sales Tax Rules for RETAIL VENDORS (any booth selling anything) and FOOD VENDORS:

If you are making sales of any kind at the Fair, you must give us one of the following AT THE TIME OF YOUR APPLICATION.  A Utah Corporate Entity Number, a Federal Tax Id Number, a Utah Sales Tax Account Number, a Drivers License number or a Social Security number.  This number is used by the Utah Tax Commission to assign your one-day Special Event Sales Tax form. We will bring you the form on the day of the Fair. You will need to complete the form after the Fair and mail it in to the Tax Commission with your sales tax payment.  If you get a form and you had no sales, mark zero on the form and send it in.   Your application is not complete unless you include one of the above identification numbers.  


1. A TEMPORARY ONE-DAY FOOD PERMIT IS REQUIRED: Food Vendors - make sure you have a SPECIAL EVENT FOOD PERMIT AT LEAST 14 DAYS BEFORE THE DAY OF THE FAIR. You get this permit from the Salt Lake Valley Health Department, Bureau of Food Protection, 788 East Woodoak Lane (5400 South), Murray, UT 84107. Office Hours for Permit Application are Monday–Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm. The cost for this permit is $45.00. Download the application for a one-day food permit here. NOTE: you must apply for this permit at least 2 weeks before the event, or the Health Department will charge you a $35 Late Fee. Please Plan Ahead! and do not put off getting this permit until the last possible day! Find out more about the one-day permit.

2. A FOOD HANDLER’S PERMIT IS REQUIRED. There must be at least one person at your booth at all times who has a current Salt Lake County Health Department Food Handler’s Permit. Food handler permits are available through the Salt Lake County Health Department by attending a class. Visit 2001 South State Street, South Building Room S2500; Salt Lake City, Utah 84114. Call the Health Department at 385-468-4100 for more information about how to obtain a food handler’s permit, or visit the Health Department online. NOTE: IF YOU DO NOT HAVE BOTH A ONE-DAY FOOD PERMIT AND A FOOD HANDLER’S PERMIT, YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO SET UP YOUR FOOD BOOTH ON THE MORNING OF THE FAIR. BE PREPARED TO SHOW YOUR PERMITS TO YOUR BLOCK CAPTAIN WHEN YOU ARRIVE.  The Health Department will inspect all food booths on the day of the fair.  Don't get shut down for not having your permits!

3. YOUR TENT / CANOPY MUST HAVE THE CORRECT FIRE DEPARTMENT TENT RATING. Food vendors must comply with the Fire Department Tent and Temporary Structure Permit Requirements. Your tent or canopy must have a fire resistant rating visibly affixed to the tent. In addition to the general requirement cooking tent must also meet these requirements: Flame retardant certification must be provided for all temporary structures utilized for cooking or heating of food. California State Fire Marshal’s flame retardant certification seal must be visibly affixed to the tent.

4. HOT FOOD VENDORS: YOU MUST HAVE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER IN YOUR BOOTH with a minimum 4A40BC rating. Cooking Tents or Areas: A portable fire extinguisher with a minimum 4A40BC rating must be provided for each tent where cooking is taking place. If there are grease laden vapors present, a K type extinguisher is also required. (i.e.: deep fat frying) Inspection tags are required annually. (IFC 906.3(1)) LP gas cylinders, up to 500 gallons, must be stored outside and kept a minimum of 10 feet from any other structure. Cylinders capable of holding 501 gallons and greater shall require a 25 foot separation. Any open flame cooking or heat cooking will be supervised by an adult at all time. This adult will serve as a fire watch and standby personnel to take prompt measures for extinguishment of fires that occur and assist in the evacuation of the public from the structure. (Refer to IFC 2404.20). Call the Fire Department Inspections/Permits office at 801-799-4150 for more info.

FOOD VENDORS PLEASE NOTE that the Health Department and the Fire Department will be at the Fair, and they WILL shut down any booth without proper permits or equipment. Unfortunately, several food booths get shut down every year at the Avenues Street Fair for not following Heath and Fire rules.

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