Obtaining licensure for food establishments

If you are hoping to start a food establishment in Georgia, it is essential to obtain the necessary permits and licenses before opening your doors. Here at The Roberts Law Firm, P.C., we understand the intricacies of business licensure, and we want to help you start off your business on the right foot.

The department from which you request a license depends on the type of business you wish to open. According to the Georgia Department of Agriculture, you must report to the state if your establishment will primarily sell food that your customers will prepare and eat elsewhere. Convenience stores and grocery stores fall under this category. On the other hand, if you open a restaurant or similar establishment which prepares food to be consumed on the premises, you should get a license from your county. Both the sales and service business permits have stringent regulations for food safety.

In order to comply with state regulations, you may not operate a food sales business out of your home's kitchen. If you wish to sell food from your home, you would need to build a separate kitchen facility. The state has specific requirements for what food sales kitchens must have, including acceptable materials for the ceilings and walls, as well as the number and location of sinks. You must also comply with federal regulations regarding food labeling. An inspection will take place before you receive a license in order to ensure that you have honored all of the requirements for food safety. More information about starting a business is available on our webpage.

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