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  3:35:41 AM 4/25/2014
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Apply for a New Nonseating Establishment License and Plan Review at the Same Time

Florida law requires owners of new public food service and new owners of existing establishments to obtain a license from the division before operating. In addition, plan review is required when the establishment is: 1) newly built, 2) converted from another use, 3) extensively remodeled or 4) re-opened after being closed at least 1 year. Usually, we recommend you apply for plan review prior to building or remodeling your establishment, and then apply for license at least 30 days before you begin operations. If you want to apply for your plan review and food service license separately, please return to the previous screen and choose the appropriate plan review or license application. The application process described below is for a NEW PERMANENT NONSEATING FOOD SERVICE ESTABLISHMENT LICENSE WITH PLAN REVIEW.

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

    No Seats - Permanent nonseating establishments are those fixed public food service establishments for which the sole service provided is intended as take-out or delivery, or do not otherwise provide accommodations for consumption of food by guests on the premises, or the premises are not under the control of the operator. For the purposes of this section, we classify establishments located at food courts and malls in this manner as long as the establishment does not have seating within the premises of the establishment itself. [Rule 61C-1.002(5)(a)1., Florida Administrative Code]

  • APPLICATION: Obtain and complete the Public Food Service License with Plan Review Application Packet 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 form:

    • DBPR HR-7030 Application for Public Food Service Establishment License with Plan Review - Word / Fill-in PDF
    • 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.

    There is an additional $150 plan review fee to complete this transaction.


  • To assist you in determining the correct fee, the division has provided a license fee calculator. This calculator requires Microsoft Excel®. To download software to use the calculator, please go to Excel Viewer. Make sure to add the $150 plan review fee to the calculated license fee by checking question 4 on the calculator.


    The appropriate license fee must be paid to the division before a license will be issued. If plan review is required, the plan review fee must also be paid and the plan 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.

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

  • MENU: All applicants are required to submit a copy of the proposed menu.

  • OPENING INSPECTION: All new licensees are required to pass a sanitation and safety inspection prior to opening. After submitting your application, fees and supporting documents, and meeting all requirements of the plan review, 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.


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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