Retail Food Establishment Permit Prerequisites
If you are opening a new retail foodservice establishment or planning to extensively remodel you must have your proposed construction plans and menu approved prior to issuance of a food permit to ensure appropriate equipment and procedures are in place.
Transfer of Ownership
If you have purchased an existing retail food establishment you must contact the Porter County Health Department Food Service Division at 219-465-3525, option 4, in order to obtain a new food permit for your business. Food permits are non-transferable. Changes in ownership may require upgrades prior to the issuance of a food permit.
Certified Food Handler
A copy of your establishment's Certified Food Handler certificate must be included with the application. At least one certified employee is required for each establishment. Some exemptions are allowed based on the menu. See the Indiana State Department of Health website for more information about the certified food handler requirements, exemptions, and a list of entities offering training.
Annual Retail Food Establishment Permit
Permit fees are based on the square footage of your operation unless you sell only prepackaged foods such as packaged ice cream, frozen pizzas, milk, eggs, or deli meats and cheeses in their original package.
Annual Retail Food Establishment Permits must be renewed annually. Permit renewals must be received and/or postmarked on or before December 31st for the following permitting year. Fees received after December 31st for permit renewals will incur a 100% Late Fee.
Annual Full-Service Retail Food Establishment Permit Fees:
- Less than 3,000 square feet $300.00
- 3,000 to less than 10,000 square feet $400.00
- 10,000 to less than 15,000 square feet $500.00
- 15,000 square feet or greater $600.00
Annual Limited Retail Food Establishment Permit Fee:
- Limited (Prepackaged Only) $150.00
Partial Year Retail Food Establishment Permit
The Partial Year Retail Food Establishment Permit covers those retail food establishments operating for six (6) consecutive months or less during a calendar year. This would include seasonal food vendors operating at multiple temporary events or farmers' markets in Porter County.
Partial Year Retail Food Establishment Permit Fee:
- Partial Year Fee $150.00
Temporary Event Food Vendor Permit
A Temporary Retail Food Establishment is a food establishment that operates at a fixed location for a period of time not more than 14 consecutive days in conjunction with a single event or celebration.
Temporary food vendors are required to obtain a temporary food vendor permit at least 7 days prior to operating at an event.
Not-for-profit organizations may or may not require a temporary event food vendor permit; please contact the Porter County Health Department Food Service Division, at 219-465-3525, option 4, to determine if qualify. Not-for-profit food vendors are not charged a permit fee.
Temporary Food Vendor Permit Fees
- Temporary Fee (per day) $20.00
- Temporary Fee (maximum per event) $100.00