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For Food Service Professionals – Licenses, Permits and Requirements

Last updated: April 5, 2023

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health is responsible for inspecting and licensing most facilities in the County that prepare food for the public. These facilities include everything from full service restaurants to discount stores, snack bars, taverns and mobile hot dog carts. Food facilities within institutions such as schools, prisons and hospitals are also licensed, as are events such as fairs and carnivals.

Foods prepared for consumption by the public must be prepared in commercial facilities with approved equipment. Home preparation or processing of food for public consumption, other than food products produced by a cottage food business, is not allowed under Maryland State Regulations (COMAR 10.15.03).

A food service facility license is required whether food is sold or given away. Below are the different types of food service facilities and required guidelines, review procedures, applications, forms and fees.


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