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Food Service Facility License

More information is available from the  Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Purpose
A Food Service Facility License is required of any business that prepares food or drink for sale or service, or any operation where food is served or provided for the public with or without charge. The license is important because it ensures that inspections are conducted to help control the contamination of food by microorganisms and other food adulteration. Examples of businesses that may need a Food Service Facility License include restaurants, grocery stores, bars, taverns, clubs, caterers, church kitchens, service organizations, and others.

There are exceptions to the license. For example, a kitchen in a private home where food is prepared for guests or for service to unemployed, homeless, or any other disadvantaged population is not a Food Service Facility and does not need a license. Also, certain non-profit organizations can choose not to be licensed and are therefore excluded organizations. Excluded organizations are volunteer fire companies or nonprofit fraternal, civic, war veteran, religious, or charitable organizations that do not serve food to the public more often than four days per week except that once a year, an organization may serve food to the public for up to 14 consecutive days.

The definition of non-potentially hazardous food may be found in COMAR 10.15.03. Potentially hazardous food is a food or food ingredient that supports the rapid growth of infectious or toxic microorganisms or botulinum bacteria, or produces pathogenic toxins. Potentially hazardous food also includes foods of animal origin which are raw or have been heat-treated, or are of plant origin and have been heat-treated or are raw seed sprouts.

Department Contact Information
Jody Menikhem
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Division of Food Control, Plan Review Unit
6 St. Paul Street, Suite 1301
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 767-8400
FAX (410) 333-8931

Please call the appropriate county health department:
Allegany County--------------(301) 777-5656
Anne Arundel County---------(410) 222-7239
Baltimore County-------------(410) 887-4065
Calvert County---------------(410) 535-3922
Caroline County--------------(410) 479-3666
Carroll County---------------(410) 876-1884
Cecil County-----------------(410) 996-5160
Charles County --------------(301) 934-9294
Dorchester County-----------(410) 228-1167
Frederick County-------------(301) 631-3178
Garrett County---------------(301) 334-8980
Harford County---------------(410) 638-8435
Howard County--------------(410) 313-2640
Kent County------------------(410) 778-7012
Montgomery County----------(240) 777-3986
Prince George’s County------(301) 883-7690
Queen Anne’s County--------(410) 758-2281
St Mary’s County------------(301) 475-4321
Somerset County-------------(410) 651-5670
Talbot County----------------(410) 819-5660
Washington County-----------(301) 791-3270
Wicomico County-------------(410) 546-4446
Worcester County------------(410) 352-3234
Baltimore City---------------(410) 396-4424


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