Food Service Establishment Operating Permit Application

    The information applies ONLY to establishments that serve food within Columbia city limits.

     

    I am a:

    Non-profit

    You need an operating permit from the health dept.

     

    For-profit

    You need an operating permit from the health dept and a City of Columbia business license. The business license office is located at 701 E Broadway and can be reached M-F from 8 am – 5 pm at 573-874-7378.

     

    My event lasts:

    1-3 days

    Your operating permit will cost $30.

     

    4-14 days

    Your operating permit will cost $60.

     

    I want to pay my fees:

    Before my event

    You can pay with cash, check or money order (payable to “City of Columbia”) at the health department – 1005 West Worley in Columbia.

     

    The day of my event

    You can pay by check or money order (payable to “City of Columbia”) to the inspector on-site.

    Online Application Process:

    Before starting the application process:

    1. Review this document to ensure you have all the information required to complete the application process.
    2. For permanent or fixed locations, plans and a proposed menu must be attached.
    3. For mobile food establishments, complete Attachment A: Food Preparation at the Mobile Food Establishment if all food will be prepared and stored at the mobile food establishment.
    4. For mobile food establishments with a commissary, complete Attachment B: Food Preparation at the  Commissary and prepare a drawing/sketch of the commissary. (Drawing should be in JPG or PDF format)

    Choose the type of operating permit you are applying for: