Restaurant Special Licensing:
Division of Hotels and Restaurants explain the requirements for becoming licensed in Florida at www.myfloridalicense.com/DBPR/hotels-restaurants/. Additionally, you may want to contact your local city and or county planning agency, for additional information.
Cottage Food Information:
Cottage food operations require no license or permit from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) and are not inspected by any state government entity. Gross sales for a cottage food operation must not exceed $50,000 annually. Cottage food operators may advertise for sale and accept payment for cottage food products on their website but the products are prohibited to be delivered by mail order. Cottage food products must be sold and delivered directly to the consumer or to the consumer’s private event venue such as a wedding or birthday party. Sales of cottage food products are prohibited for wholesale. Cottage food products must be labeled in accordance with the requirements as outlined in Section 500.80(5), Florida Statutes, and United States Code of Federal Regulations Title 21, Part 101. All cottage food products offered for sale to the general public must be labeled: “Made in a cottage food operation that is not subject to Florida’s food safety regulations.”
Food Catering Special Licensing:
A Catering license is a type of food service license that does not offer eating in or delivery/take out. It’s generally when one prepares food or drink in one place (a licensed kitchen) in order to serve it at another location (customer’s event). Most commonly a caterer has been hired to prepare certain foods, the services are paid by one individual, and the caterer simply takes this food to a predetermined location where it is served. Food safety requirements for Catering are the same as other fixed food service licenses. To learn more about the requirements for becoming licensed in Florida visit www.myfloridalicense.com/DBPR/hotels-restaurants/licensing/catering-guide/.