So you’re thinking about starting a catering business? Great! A food catering license is required to operate a catering business in most states. Here is all you need to know about getting your license.
Types Of Catering Licenses
The first step is to determine what type of license you will need. There are three types of catering licenses: temporary, permanent, and mobile. A temporary catering license is valid for a specific event or series of events. A permanent catering license is valid for a specific business location. A mobile catering license allows you to operate your catering business from any location.
Find The Local Laws
The second step is to determine which state you will be operating in. The requirements for getting a food catering license vary from state to state. Some states require a written exam while others require an in-person interview. Some states also have specific requirements for the types of food you can serve.
Gather Required Documents
The third step is to gather the required documents. The documents you will need vary depending on the state you are operating in, but may include a business license, food handler’s permit, proof of insurance, and a menu.
Complete The Application
The fourth step is to complete the application. Applications can be completed online or in person at your local health department. Be sure to include all of the required information and pay the application fee.
Wait For Approval
The fifth step is to wait for approval. The exact amount of time it takes to receive approval can vary, but usually takes around two weeks. Once you are approved, the licensing agency will send you your catering license certificate.
Your catering license is now valid for one year. You must renew your application every year in order to continue operating your business.
Congratulations! You have successfully obtained your food catering license. Now you’re ready to take on the world with your business ideas and start serving up some delicious dishes for all of your customers. Be sure to check in next time when we discuss how you can protect yourself from liability as a caterer so that nothing gets in the way of success.