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Retail Food Permits: Background and Fee List

Retail food establishments must have a permit and pay the applicable fee. There are two categories for permits:

Food service establishment fees

25 seats or fewer $160
26-50 seats $200
51-100 seats $225
101-200 seats $250
More than 200 seats $275

Note: The seating number is based upon the actual number of seats present at the establishment that are regularly offered for use by patrons. Optional outdoor seating is not counted, but outdoor seating where customers are seated and served is counted.  
Additional fees:

Drive through window $125
Catering $110

Retail food store fees

1,000 sqaure feet or fewer $75
1,001 to 10,000 square feet $125
10,001 to 20,000 square feet $175
20,001 to 30,000 square feet $200
More than 30,000 square feet $300

More information
If you have questions about food permits, please call the Health Department at 859.341.4151 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Retail food establishment permit form

Guidelines for opening a new establishment

Timeline for opening a new establishment