Who needs a Food Establishment Permit?
Any business that stores, prepares, packages, serves or otherwise provides food for human use.
Who does NOT need a Food Establishment Permit?
- Cottage law operations: anyone in the state of Missouri preparing non-potentially hazardous foods in their home for sale to the end consumer. Cottage law foods may not be sold in a food establishment
- Non-potentially hazardous food: Selling, preparing, or serving processed non-potentially hazardous foods.
- Nonprofit organizations: Selling, preparing, or serving food at fundraising events.
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.
Food permits are NOT transferable from one owner to the next.
All food establishment applicants must follow these steps to become permitted:
- Application and Pre-Screen:
- Submit your application.
- An inspector will review the application, menu, and food processes to determine your priority, frequency of inspection, and permit fee.
- Pay Permit Fee:
- The permit fee for the food establishment permit is separated into three categories:
- High Priority Food Establishment Permit $506
- Medium Food Establishment $363
- Low Priority Food Establishment Permit $238
- There are several ways to pay: online, in person or by mail
- Pre-Opening Inspection:
- After the application is received and the permit fee is paid an inspector will schedule the pre-opening inspection.
- Issue Permit:
- The food establishment permit will be issued after pre-opening inspection.
- Food Establishment permits are valid until December 31st of each year.
- Establishments must comply with all local and county regulations that apply.
- Renew Permit:
- Permit renewal notice will be sent out by e-mail