Risk Management & Insurance


Food & Drink

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Food Concessions

The UCSB Interim Food Service Policy governs catering, food distribution, and food sales sponsored, hosted or administered by members of the UCSB community, that use UCSB managed funds, or take place on University premises or in University facilities.

Food Concessions at UCSB Events

The UCSB Interim Food Service Policy gives Campus Concessions exclusive responsibility and first right of refusal to provide food service for events held at campus athletic facilities, tournaments, concerts, Arts & Lectures events, and for unaffiliated organizations that use campus facilities. If Campus Concessions cannot provide the required food services it will permit the use of an approved food concessionaire.

Food Concessionaire Insurance Requirements

A department or unaffiliated organization seeking to use food concessionaires at an event must first contact Campus Concessions to request food service. If Campus Concessions approves the use of an outside food concessionaire the department or unaffiliated organization and the concessionaire must complete the following steps:

  • Submit the concessionaire’s Certificate of Insurance and current Health Permit to the Risk Management Office.
  • The concessionaire’s insurance must comply with the University’s requirements; see FS: Food Service Insurance Requirements.
  • The Risk Management office will notify Campus Concessions when the concessionaire’s insurance meets the University’s requirements.
  • Obtain a UCSB Concessions Permit (see instructions below).

Food Trucks at UCSB Events

Campus Concessions has exclusive responsibility to review and approve the use of any food truck that sells food or provides catering service on the UCSB campus.

Food Truck Insurance Requirements

A department or unaffiliated organization seeking to use a food truck at an event must first contact Campus Concessions. If Campus Concessions approves the use of a food truck the department or unaffiliated organization and food truck vendor must:

  • Submit the food truck vendor’s Certificate of Insurance and current Health Permit to the Risk Management Office.
  • The food truck vendor’s insurance must comply with the University’s requirements; see FS: Food Service Insurance Requirements.
  • The Risk Management office will notify Campus Concessions when the food truck vendor’s insurance meets the University’s requirements.
  • Obtain a UCSB Concessions Permit (see instructions below).

Obtaining a UCSB Concessions Permit

Concessionaires and food truck vendors cannot work at campus events without an approved UCSB Concessions Permit. The UCSB Concessions Permit contains terms and conditions that protect the University in the event that the concessionaire’s or food truck vendor’s acts or omissions are responsible for injury.

After the Risk Management office has notified Campus Concessions that the food truck vendor’s Certificate of Insurance and Health Permit meet the University’s requirements, the department or unaffiliated organization must complete the following steps to obtain an approved UCSB Concessions Permit:

  • Contact Campus Concessions and request a UCSB Concessions Permit Application.
  • Complete and sign the UCSB Concessions Permit Application.
  • Submit the UCSB Concessions Permit Application to Campus Concessions.
  • Campus Concessions will review and approve the UCSB Concessions Permit Application.
  • Campus Concessions will issue a UCSB Concessions Permit to the concessionaire upon receipt of the applicable permit fees.

Food Truck Catering Service

If a food truck is going to provide catering service, the department and the food truck vendor must contact Campus Concessions. Campus Concessions will coordinate the approval process with UCen Catering and Special Events Catering.

Required Event Information

Provide the following information about your event to Campus Concessions. Campus Concessions when making a request for food service: event date and time, event location, sponsoring department, department contact name, telephone number, and email address, number of people at the event, type of food, the name of the food service provider you wish to use if Campus Concessions. Campus Concessions cannot meet the department’s needs. Provide a copy of the concessionaire’s or food truck vendor’s invoice or quote.

Food Safety & Sanitation

The University requires that caterers, concessionaires, and food trucks comply with University policies and procedures regarding food safety and sanitation and the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department’s Requirements for Temporary Food Facilities. UCen Catering, Special Events Catering, Campus Concessions, and Environmental Health & Safety reserve the right to monitor and inspect food distribution by commercial food providers at University events to ensure compliance with these requirements.

Catering Services

Go to UCSB: Catering Services for information about the use of catering services at UCSB events.