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Apply for a Change of Ownership of an Existing Theme Park Food Cart License (with or without Plan Review)

Florida law requires owners of new public food service and new owners of existing establishments to obtain a license from the division before operating. The application process described below is for a THEME PARK FOOD CART LICENSE CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP.

Application Requirements:
 
  • ELIGIBILITY: If your operation does not meet the following definition, please return to the previous page to select the correct one.

    Theme Park Food Carts are mobile or stationary units that operate within the confines of a theme park or entertainment complex as an extension of or in association with a fixed public food service establishment. Such carts are licensed collectively by the entity that maintains and operates them. The operator is required to notify the division immediately of any changes in the number of carts. [Rule 61C-1.002(5)(a)6., Florida Administrative Code]

    "Theme park or entertainment complex" means a complex comprised of at least 25 contiguous acres owned and controlled by the same business entity and which contains permanent exhibitions and a variety of recreational activities and has a minimum of 1 million visitors annually. [Section 509.013 (9), Florida Statutes]

  • APPLICATION WITHOUT PLAN REVIEW: Obtain and complete the Public Food Service License Application Packet in Microsoft Word or Fill-in PDF. The application packet includes instructions for making application and the following form:

    • DBPR HR-7007 Application for Public Food Service Establishment License - Word / Fill-in PDF


    If you wish to file plan review now, use the following forms instead.

  • APPLICATION WITH PLAN REVIEW: If you are applying for your change ownership license with a plan review, please obtain and complete the Application Packet for Mobile Food Dispensing Vehicle License with Plan Review in Microsoft Word or Fill-in PDF (also referenced at the bottom of this page). The application packet includes instructions for making application and the following forms:

    • DBPR HR-7031 Application for Mobile Food Dispensing Vehicle License with Plan Review - Word / Fill-in PDF
    • DBPR HR-7022 Commissary Notification - Word / Fill-in PDF
      A commissary is a commercial establishment which provides required services to the mobile food dispensing vehicle. All mobile food dispensing vehicles must use a commissary. At a minimum, the commissary provides for acquisition of potable water and the disposal of wastewater. The division is unable to approve your plans without this form.
    • Onsite Sewage (Septic) and Water Supply Evaluation -Word / Fill-in PDF

  • LICENSE FEES: Annual license fees are listed on our food service fee website and are based in part on the county your establishment is located and when you wish to open. The division divides the state into 7 licensing districts according to county. Licenses expire each year at the following times:

    • District 1 - October 1
    • District 2 - December 1
    • District 3 - February 1
    • District 4 - April 1
    • District 5 - June 1
    • District 6 - June 1
    • District 7 - December 1

  • If you wish to begin operation within six months or less of your expiration date, you are required to pay only a half-year fee.

    The division mails renewal reminder notices about 60 days prior to expiration. Therefore, if you are applying within this period, we allow you to purchase a license that will authorize you to operate for up to 14 months for 1.5 times the license fee. (Unfortunately, this option is NOT currently available for online applications). If you apply online within 60 days, or do not opt for the 14-month license, you need to be mindful when your license expires so you can renew before expiration, since the division may not send a reminder.

    If you are applying more than six months prior to the expiration date, the full-year fee must be paid.

    All new and change of ownership applications must include a $50 application fee. This fee is in addition to the annual license fee.


  • To assist you in determining the correct fee, the division has provided a license fee calculator.


    The appropriate license fee must be paid to the division before a license will be issued. If plan review is required, the plan must be approved before a license will be issued. Please make checks payable to the Division of Hotels and Restaurants. For assistance in determining the correct license fee, please contact the department at 850.487.1395.

  • PLAN REVIEW: The operator of each public food service establishment to be newly constructed, remodeled, converted or re-opened shall submit properly prepared facility plans and specifications to the division for review and approval in accordance with provisions of law and rule prior to the start of the construction or change. See our plan review webpage for more information. If you are filing for plan review, please include:

    • SCALED DRAWINGS: At least two (2) scaled drawings. A side view of the vehicle is also required. The division will keep one set of plans and return any additional sets to the applicant. You may also submit additional sets required by local authorities. Click here for additional information.


  • OPENING INSPECTION: If your facility has passed a sanitation and safety inspection within 120 days prior to the change of ownership, we do not require an inspection. If not, after meeting all requirements, contact the department at 850.487.1395 to schedule an opening inspection.

  • MORE INFO: For more information about our licensing process and other government requirements, please see our website. Use the Back button or arrow to return to this screen.

  • IMPORTANT: To avoid unnecessary delays, we strongly suggest you contact us at dhr.planreview@dbpr.state.fl.us before filing this application.


If you have questions or need assistance in completing this application, please call the Customer Contact Center at 850-487-1395.


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