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"Food Service Facility" means restaurants, coffee shops, cafeterias,  cafés, luncheonettes, taverns, sandwich stands, soda fountains, retail markets, and food operations in industries, institutions, hospitals, clubs, schools, camps, churches, catering kitchens, commissaries, or similar places in which food or drink is prepared for sale or for service on the premises or elsewhere, or any other operations where food is served or provided for the public with or without charge. Code of Maryland Regulations – 10.15.03 – Food Service Facilities and Montgomery County Code – Chapter 15 – Eating and Drinking Establishments. Home kitchens will not be licensed!

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Food Service Facilities Process Guide

1. Apply Online

Food Service Facilities Permits
Plan Review for Building or Remodeling Food Service Facility
Food Service Plan Review Guidelines
Food Service Plan Review Checklist
New Facility/Renewal/Change of Ownership Fixed Food Service Location
Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Plan
Provide Proof of Passed Allergy Awareness Certificate
See below for approved providers
Certified Food Service Manager License Application
2. Review

  1. Have a Plan: to ensure we can process your documentation properly - you must have a plan. - Describe plan type.
  2. Review: be sure to double check all of your paperwork to ensure faster processing time.
  3. Submit online: We now offer a platform powered by CivicGov for filing an application and paying fees online. We provide this digital platform to decrease the use of paper and our impact on the environment. PDF applications should be mailed to the Licensure & Regulatory Services office (2425 Reedie Drive, 9th floor, Wheaton, MD 20902) or faxed to 240-777-3088.
3. Approval

If approved you will hear back us within 10 - 14 business days. The final part of the process will be to find the inspector specific to your area.
  • 240-777-3986

Helpful Food Service Facilities Resources