Food Establishment Licenses
The Division of Food Safety and Inspection is responsible for the
licensing and inspection of food establishments operating in the
|The terms “food” and “food product” shall include ALL articles of food, drink, confectionery or condiment, whether simple, mixed or compound, used or intended for use by humans or animals, and shall also include ALL substances or ingredients to be added to food for any purpose. This definition shall be construed as including chewing gum.
If you need assistance, please call 800-554-4501.
Article 20-C Food Processing establishments:
Retail food establishments i.e. grocery stores, that conduct any type of food preparation such
as meat or cheese grinding, heating foods, sandwich making, operate
beverage dispensing machines, prepare sushi, salad bars, or other
ready to eat exposed food packaging activity.
* If you are a food establishment that processes and sells retail, you only need Article 20-C license.
Application: Food Processing Establishment
Description of Food Processing
Article 28 Retail Food Stores (No Food Processing):
Any Retail Food Store within the State where food and food products
are offered to the consumer and intended for off-premises consumption and conducts no food processing as defined above. This includes stores which sell fluid milk, shell eggs and refrigerated meats.
Application: Retail Food Store
Article 28 Food Warehouses:
Any food warehouse facility within the State in which food is
held for commercial distribution.
Application: Food Warehouse
Article 17-B Food Salvager:
A business that receives distress or damaged food or food use
products for reconditioning, culling and or sorting for the purpose
of resale of satisfactory products.
Article 19 Refrigerated Warehouse/Locker Plant;
A facility that offers refrigerated storage space for rent in
their building for the storage of food commodities or produce
owned by other businesses. The commodities being held must be
lot coded and not held for over two years without approval for
extended storage. Produce only facilities pay a reduced license
and/or Locker Plant
and/or Locker Plant for Fruits and Veggies
Financial Statement for
Refrigerated Warehouse and/or Locker Plant
Article 5-C Licensing of Rendering Plants:
Disposal plants that process animals or inedible meat for other
than human consumption require this license. Also, businesses
that operate a transportation service for the purpose of transporting
for hire unprocessed animal bodies or meat products not intended
for human consumption.
Disposal Plant License