Health Inspections

The first step in starting a food vending business is getting a food permit. A food vendor needs licensing before being able to legally sell any food. Not only that, but all fairs and exhibitions will require you to have a Food Vendor Permit from the state or country of your residence. No portable food vendor is permitted to sell or offer for sale any food or beverage  of any kind on any street, sidewalk or parkway or in any area held open to the general public without first having the required license in hand.
Your permit should be obtained from your state or country’s Health department, where you’ll have to first fill out an application form. There will be a full inspection of your cart or  vehicle after you’ve submitted your application for a permit.

Health and Agriculture Department Listings

Contact your local health department and your State Department of Agriculture.

Alabama

http://www.agi.alabama.gov

www.adph.org

Alaska

http://www.hss.state.ak.us/

www.hss.state.ak.us

Arizona

http://www.azda.gov

www.azdhs.gov

California

http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/

www.dhs.ca.gov

Colorado

http://www.ag.state.co.us

www.cdphe.state.co.us

Connecticut

www.umass.edu/nefe/regulatory_requirements/index.html

www.dph.state.ct.us

Delaware

www.state.de.us/deptagri/foodprod/index

www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss

Florida

www.doacs.state.fl.us/fs/other.html

www.stateofflorida.com/agriculture.html

www.doh.state.fl.us

Georgia

agr.georgia.gov

http://rules.sos.state.ga.us/

www.health.state.ga.us

Hawaii

www.hawaiiag.org/foodsafe/foodsaf.htm

www.hawaii.gov/health

Idaho

http://www.agri.state.id.us/

www.healthandwelfare.idaho.gov

Illinois

www.agr.state.il.us

www.idph.state.il.us

Indiana

www.in.gov/isda

www.in.gov/isdh

Iowa

www.iowafoodpolicy.org/qanda.htm

www.idph.state.ia.us

Kansas

www.ksda.gov

www.kdheks.gov

Kentucky

www.kyagr.com

www.uky.edu/Ag/FoodScience/links.html

www.chfs.ky.gov/dph

Louisiana

http://www.state.la.us

www.dhh.state.la.us

Massachusetts

www.mass.gov/agr

www.mass.gov/dph

Maine

www.maine.gov/agriculture

www.maine.gov/dhhs/

Maryland

http://www.mda.state.md.us/

www.dhmh.state.md.us/

Michigan

www.michigan.gov/mda

www.michigan.gov/mdch

Minnesota

www.mda.state.mn.us/

www.health.state.mn.us

Mississippi

www.mdac.state.ms.us

www.msdh.state.ms.us

Missouri

www.mda.mo.gov/

www.dhss.mo.gov

Montana

www.agr.state.mt.us

www.maic.montana.edu/resources.asp

www.dphhs.mt.gov

Nebraska

www.agr.state.ne.us

www.hhs.state.ne.us

Nevada

www.agri.state.nv.us/

www.health2k.state.nv.us

www.hr.state.nv.us/

New Hampshire

www.agriculture.nh.gov/rules/index.htm

www.dhhs.state.nh.us/

New Jersey

www.nj.gov/agriculture

www.state.nj.us/health

New Mexico

www.statefoodpolicy.org

www.health.state.nm.us

New York

www.agmkt.state.ny.us/FS/FSHome.html

www.health.state.ny.us

North Carolina

www.agr.state.nc.us/fooddrug/fdrprog.htm

www.dhhs.state.nc.us

North Dakota

www.agdepartment.com/Laws/Laws-ND%20Dept%20of%20Agriculture.html

www.health.state.nd.us

Ohio

www.ohioagriculture.gov

www.odh.state.oh.us

Oklahoma

www.state.ok.us/~okag/ais-formshome.htm

www.health.state.ok.us/

Oregon

www.oregon.gov/ODA/

www.ohd.hr.state.or.us

Pennsylvania

www.pfma.org/

www.agriculture.state.pa.us

www.health.state.pa.us

Rhode Island

http://www.dem.ri.gov/topics/agricult.htm

www.health.state.ri.us/

South Carolina

www.scda.state.sc.us

www.scdhec.net/

www.dhhs.state.sc.us

South Dakota

www.state.sd.us/DOA/

www.legis.state.sd.us/rules/RulesList.aspx

www.state.sd.us/DOH/

Tennessee

www.state.tn.us/agriculture/regulate/food/index.html

www.state.tn.us/health/

Texas

www.agr.state.tx.us

www.tdh.state.tx.us/

www.tlo2.tlc.state.tx.us/statutes/ag.toc.htm

Utah

www.ag.state.ut.us/regsvcs/food_compliance.html

www.health.utah.gov/

Vermont

www.vermontagriculture.com/regulations.htm

www.healthvermont.gov/

Virginia

www.vdacs.virginia.gov

www.vdh.state.va.us

Washington

www.agr.wa.gov/

www.doh.wa.gov

West Virginia

www.wvagriculture.org

www.wvdhhr.org/

Wisconsin

www.datcp.state.wi.us/

www.dhfs.wisconsin.gov/

Wyoming

www.wyagric.state.wy.us

www.wdhfs.state.wy.us