Last updated: 8/06/2019
These informational pages can help you get started in learning about some of the laws and registration requirements that may apply to your Threshows on Threshold.
Please understand that these information pages are general, not comprehensive and are not legal advice. These pages are intended to give you an idea of the types of rules that may apply to your Threshows and to help you understand some of the things to consider in relation to your Threshow.
Different countries, states, and cities have different licensing requirements and rules and it is your responsibility as a host to make sure you comply with local laws and regulations. These pages are not intended to be an explanation of the specific rules that apply in your jurisdiction, or your particular situation, nor are these pages a substitute to seeking legal advice. If you are unsure about how local laws or this information may apply to you or your Threshows, we encourage you to check with official sources or seek legal advice.
Please note that we don’t update this information in real time, so you should confirm that the laws or procedures have not changed recently.*
Some basic things to keep in mind before serving or allowing food at a Threshow
Most countries have health and safety rules around the handling and serving of food so be sure to keep the health and safety of you and your guests in mind. Here are some basic things you can do before serving or allowing food at your Threshow...
- Familiarize yourself with official sources or seek legal advice to understand the rules that apply to the handling and serving of food.
- If your Threshow involves cooking or handling food (including serving food prepared by others), it’s a good idea to handle, prepare and serve food safely, with good sanitation, and in accordance with any local food laws.
- Ask your guests in advance about any food allergies they may have, or religious or philosophical codes that may impact what kind of food they eat.
- If your Threshow includes alcohol, it’s a good idea to check our information page on Threshows involving alcohol.
Serving home-cooked food to guests
If you are thinking of serving home-cooked food to Threshow guests, or cooking food at a location where food is not normally prepared, an important question to ask yourself is whether this triggers regulations under your local laws.
In most jurisdictions, activities that involve handling, serving or selling food, or providing food-related services, to members of the public are regulated activities. This means that in some places, in order to carry out such activities it may first be necessary to register with or obtain a certification or license from a public or local health department. In most cases, there are likely to be sanitation criteria that must be met. In some jurisdictions, food service regulations may also apply, even if you are not preparing the food yourself, and even if you are offering it for free.
Is there anything else I should think about?
In some jurisdictions, it may be necessary to obtain a general business license in order to be able to serve food to members of the public.
It is a good idea to check with your local zoning board or planning authority to find out whether any local rules limit the ways in which the property for your Threshow may be used.
You may also want to look into what tax rules may apply to your activity, and check whether you are legally required to obtain special insurance cover.
If your Threshow will involve combining food with another activity (for example, providing a food tour of restaurants), please take a look at our other information sections such as Responsible Hosting for tour or travel-related Threshows to determine if any other rules may apply to your activity.
* Please note that Threshold has no control over the conduct of Artists, Hosts or guests and disclaims all liability. Failure of Artists, Hosts or guests to satisfy their responsibilities may result in suspension of activity or removal from the Threshold platform.
Threshold is not responsible for the reliability or correctness of the information contained in any links to third party sites (including any links to legislation and regulations).