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 Public Health and Human Services.

     

    For-profit

    You need an operating permit from Public Health and Human Services 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 $35.

     

    4-14 days

    Your operating permit will cost $65.

     

    I want to pay my fees:

    Before my event

    You can pay with cash, check or money order (payable to “City of Columbia”) at Public Health and Human Services, located at 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: