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Campus Catering Permits

A Campus Catering Permit is required whenever $150 or more food and/or beverage will be served at any campus venue. Campus Dining Services has first right of refusal to provide catering services for any and all campus events that require them. This means any department or registered campus organization considering the use of a caterer must first get the approval of Dining Services to use one. If Dining Services approves the use of an outside caterer, certain requirements must be met before a caterer can be hired. Therefore, before arranging for outside catering, you must receive a Campus Catering Permit.

First, consider having your event catered by:


If you prefer to use an outside caterer, first check to see if your preferred vendor is on UCSB's list of approved caterers. Then:
  • If it is currently listed as approved, complete a UCSB Catering Permit and submit it for review by UCen Catering and Special Events Catering as described in the instructions.
  • If it is not listed or not listed as approved, first provide your preferred vendor with a Request for Insurance Form and ask them to submit it to Environmental Health & Safety along with copies of their health permit and insurance certificate. Once the vendor is on the list of approved caterers, complete a UCSB Catering Permit and submit it for review by UCen Catering and Special Events Catering as described in the instructions.


Do not confirm an order with an outside caterer before receiving an approved Campus Catering Permit. Sizeable fines may be imposed by UCen Catering upon registered campus organizations that fail to comply with this policy.


Other Times a Campus Catering Permit is Required
Even in cases where you are spending less than $150, if you are using any of the following venues, you must either utilize the corresponding on-campus catering provider or obtain a Campus Catering Permit: