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Food Inspection Information for Businesses
Definition
A food establishment may be defined as a restaurant, bar, school cafeteria, hospital cafeteria, concession stand, retail store, or independent living facility selling potentially hazardous foods.

Food Permits
We require businesses to have a food permit as explained in Chapter 58, Article II Food and Food Establishments, Sec. 58-53 of the Springfield City Code.

How do I apply for a permit?

Food Permit Fees
Food service establishments will be evaluated using the Food Establishment Priority worksheet which will help health department staff determine if an establishment is High, Medium or Low Priority. Fees differ based on whether a business is located in Springfield or in the county.

Establishments located inside Springfield city limits

  • High Priority Establishments - Annual permit fee $413
    • Includes three routine inspections and all other activities as needed.
  • Medium Priority Establishments - Annual permit fee $192
    • Includes two routine inspections and all other activities as needed.
  • Low Priority Establishments - Annual permit fee $115
    • Includes one routine inspection and all other activities as needed.

Establishments located in Greene County (outside Springfield)

  • High Priority Establishments - Annual permit fee $440
    • Includes three routine inspections and all other activities as needed.
  • Medium Priority Establishments - Annual permit fee $215
    • Includes two routine inspections and all other activities as needed.
  • Low Priority Establishments - Annual permit fee $134
    • Includes one routine inspection and all other activities as needed.

Temporary Event Permits  

      •  Weekend Event - $61

Mobile Food Vendor Permit

      •  High Priority - $155

      •  Low Priority - $52


Your category status could change based on your menu and methods of preparation. This will be evaluated on an annual basis.

Frozen Dessert License
If your food establishment plans to prepare or sell frozen desserts, you must apply for and obtain a Frozen Dessert License from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.