What is a commissary, and why do I need one?

A commissary is a facility approved by the health department as a base of operations for a mobile food establishment where food, containers, and supplies are kept, handled, prepared, packaged or stored, and where fresh water is replaced, and waste water is disposed of. Most commissaries are licensed fixed restaurants used by agreement between management of the restaurant and the mobile food operator. A Commissary Agreement must be completed and submitted for licensing. The  Colorado Co-Pack Directory maintains a list of approved kitchens whose sole purpose is to rent time to the public.

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1. Is my Special Event Food License valid at farmers markets?
2. How long is my Special Event License good for?
3. Can I operate my Special Event food booth from my home?
4. What is a commissary, and why do I need one?
5. What is the difference between a Mobile Retail Food Establishment License and a Special Event Food License?
6. Why must the operators of fixed, licensed, retail food establishments obtain an additional Retail Food Establishment License to participate in Special Events?
7. How much is a Special Event Food License?
8. When do vendor applications need to be submitted?
9. When should the Special Event Coordinator Applications be submitted?
10. Do I need a license to roast and sell chilies?
11. Do I need a Special Event Food License if I have a licensed mobile food truck, trailer, or push cart?