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Department of Business and Professional Regulation

February 7, 2014

Dear friends,

DBPR’s Division of Hotels and Restaurants is implementing a 55 percent fee reduction for obtaining an annual temporary event license for public food service establishments. The fee reduction is expected to attract more operators who were previously unable to afford the higher licensing cost, as well as reduce the workload required of the Department thus creating operational efficiencies.

At DBPR, we believe it’s important to vigorously find ways to provide businesses with opportunities to be successful in Florida and in this case that means cutting fees. This fee reduction means businesses participating in temporary events such as food festivals and fairs, which are taking the state by storm, can now have an affordable avenue to participate in an infinite amount of events each year.

Beginning February 1, 2014, the food service annual temporary event license fee will cost $456, which is a reduction from the previous fee of $1,000. The Division of Hotels and Restaurants licenses and inspects public food service establishments at temporary events, such as fairs, carnivals, flea and farmers markets and other short-term events. Under current law, DBPR is required to perform an inspection each time a temporary permit is obtained by a licensee. By making the annual temporary license more affordable, we will be reducing burdensome license fees that do not make good business sense, increasing internal efficiencies and streamlining operations. Annual vendor licenses are valid for one year from the date of purchase and allow the licensee to operate at an unlimited number of temporary events throughout the year. A separate license is required for each food service booth or facility. In addition to the annual vendor license, temporary event licenses can be issued for events lasting one to three days as well as four to 30 days.

The Division of Hotels and Restaurants licenses and regulates food service establishments and works to protect the health and safety of the public by providing the industry with quality inspections and fair regulation. The Division’s main priority is to ensure that food is stored, prepared and served safely for the enjoyment of Florida families and our guests.

The Governor’s Corner by Governor Rick Scott

Thanks to our pro-growth policies, focus on job creation, and the work of Florida’s public servants, our state has made a great economic turnaround over the last three years. Recently, we unveiled our 2014-2015 “It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget.” This budget will continue to build on policies that keep Florida working and focus on giving money back to Florida families.

The “It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget” includes measures to give $500 million back to the hardworking taxpayers of Florida. This budget also rewards our hard working state employees by providing $167 million for performance bonuses.
In the four years before I took office, Florida lost more than 800,000 jobs, the unemployment rate rose to 11.1 percent, and state debt ballooned by $5.2 billion. Today, Florida’s unemployment rate is below the national average at 6.2 percent and we have created more than 462,000 private sector jobs since December 2010.

Florida’s economy is still growing. With the continued support of our public servants and with the “It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget,” we will keep working to make Florida the number one destination for opportunity in the world.


Ken Lawson’s Signature

Ken Lawson

Department of Business and
Professional Regulation
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
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