How To Open A Restaurant

Opening a restaurant is a major undertaking, and we look forward to working with you on your new venture.

Scenario 1: Purchase an existing licensed food service facility, keeping the same menu and NOT remodeling 1. Submit a completed restaurant license application to our office 2. Pay restaurant licensing fee
Scenario 2: Purchase an existing licensed food service facility, changing the menu (e.g. deli to pizza) or remodeling 1. Submit a completed restaurant license application with a description of the remodeling and/or a copy of the new menu to our office. 2. Pay restaurant licensing fee. 3. Review the plan review packet.
Scenario 3: Purchase a food service facility that has been closed for at least six months 1. Submit a completed restaurant license application and a copy of your menu to our office. 2. Pay restaurant licensing fee. Depending on the history of the facility, a plan review may be required. Factors considered when determining if a plan review is required include the history of structural or equipment problems, as well as significant menu/equipment changes. Our office will contact you to inform you if a plan review is applicable to you. A plan review can take up to 10 working days after your plan materials are submitted.
Scenario 4: Building a new restaurant Fill out a plan review application and submit it to our office with the required materials. Pay the applicable plan review fee. A plan review can take up to ten working days. Complete and submit a restaurant license application and pay restaurant license fee. Schedule a final opening inspection with at least seven days notice. The license application and fee must be submitted to our office before the final opening inspection can be completed. You may only begin serving food once you have passed the opening inspection. Your first scored inspection will occur within 30 days of opening.
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