- License Application, Fees, Regulations, Guidelines
- Contacts You Must Make
- Other State Offices You May Need to Contact
- Contact Food & Lodging Program
The following materials will assist you with applying for a license to operate food or lodging related establishments in Vermont:
- Application for License to Operate a Food & Lodging Establishment
- Temporary Food Stand Application
Statutory Guidelines and Fee Schedule
- Bakeries (See both Good Manufacturing Practices for Food and Food Service Establishments).
- Good Manufacturing Practices for Food - food establishments that process food for human consumption, and provide processed food for sale and distribution to other business entities such as other food establishments. Requirements do not pertain to food establishments that process food solely under the regulatory oversight of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, & Markets.
- Food Service Establishments - facilities which prepare and/or serve food to the public.
- Lodging Establishments - facilities which offer lodging to the public and advertise daily or weekend rates.
- Shellfish Sanitation Program Rules - licensing and inspection of establishments processing and distributing molluscan shellfish
Contact the town or city clerk’s office in the municipality in which you will locate your establishment for any local zoning restrictions, licensing or permit requirements.
Contact the Public Health Sanitarian in your area so that you can arrange a plan review with him/her prior to new construction. The local sanitarian is also available to answer questions and will be responsible for conducting inspections of your establishment.
Contact your Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) Regional Office for their permitting requirements. The building owner must be involved in this part of the process. Your project must have ANR approval before a license to operate your establishment can be issued by the health department.
Contact These State of Vermont Departments:
Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
Reviews and approves public building plans, assures compliance with Act 250 requirements or other environmental laws.
- Occupational Safety - Issues involving employees, wages, working
conditions, and job training.
- Fire Prevention - Inspects public buildings for fire and safety, electrical hazards, and electrical compliance and reviews plans for new construction or renovations.
- Plumbing - Inspects plumbing to ensure compliance with state plumbing rules.
Vermont Department of Taxes
To apply for a Vermont business tax account and license to collect and pay applicable taxes.
Depending on what business or service you wish to establish, you may need to contact one or more of the following:
Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food and Markets
- Dairy Division - Sale or manufacture of ice cream and other dairy products
- Meat Inspection Meat inspection services, including complaints
- Markets Division Grocery stores, farm markets, etc.
- Weights & Measures Packaging and labeling regulations, scale inspections, etc.
Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation - Water Supply
Public water supply monitoring.
Vermont Department of Liquor Control
Issues liquor licenses (department of health food license must be issued first—name of both licensees’ must be to the same person or corporation)
Vermont Secretary of State
To register the name of your business.
Food & Lodging Program
Vermont Department of Health
P.O. Box 70
Burlington, VT 05402-0070
Tel: 802-863-7221 or (toll-free within Vermont) 800-439-8550