Food Service License

Food Service License

​​​​​​​The Food Safety Program provides a number of services to ensure the proper handling and distribution of food served to the general public. This includes:

  • Conducting inspections of restaurants, festival food booths, vending machines and mobile food vehicles. 
  • Investigations of food-borne illness complaints and outbreaks 
  • Provide Food Safety Education
    • Food Service Managers' Certification Course (fee charged)
    • Food Handling Safety Class (no fee)

Food Service License Application

The following types of food service establishments may renew their existing licenses online.

  • Fixed Establishment: A fixed establishment is a facility that is a permanent location. This is an operation where food or drink is prepared for direct consumption through service on the premises or elsewhere, and any other eating or drinking establishment or operation where food is served or provided for the public. (excluding multiples, see below)
  • Mobile Unit: A mobile food service establishment means a food service establishment operating from a vehicle, trailer, or watercraft which is not fully equipped for full food service and, therefore, must return to a licensed commissary at least once every 24 hours for servicing and maintenance. The commissary license number must be recorded in the appropriate place in order for this application to be processed.
  • Vending Machine Location: A vending machine location is a room, enclosure, space, or area where one or more vending machines are installed and operated. Where there are multiple vending machine locations in a building, each shall be licensed separately.
  • Special Transitory Food Unit: A special transitory food unit (STFU) is a temporary food establishment licensed to operate throughout the state without the 14-day limits or a mobile food establishment that is not required to return to a commissary.

Previously licensed facilities will receive a pre-printed renewal application form each spring. A new application will be accepted only over the counter at any one of our offices for:

  • New Establishments
  • Change of ownership
  • Change in physical location of establishment
  • Change of license type
  • Multiples
  • Special Transitory Food Unit (STFU)
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Food Service License (Fixed, Mobille, STFU) Fees,
  • 0-24 Seats: $230
  • 25-99 Seats: $270
  • 100+ Seats: $310
  • Commissaries: $230
  • STFU (includes $39 State + $5 Edu Fees): $156
  • Mobile Food Service 
    • Cold Truck/Pushcart:  $118
    • Steam Table Truck: $140
    • Hot Truck: $162
  • Fixed Multiple (inspection fee due at time of icensing): $88
Renewal / Late Charges,
  • Late fees apply for applications received after April 30th
  • Additional late fees for applications received after May 31st

Veteran: With Veteran's License - State Fee waived
OCHD Fees:  Includes State Fee and Education Fee
501(c)(3):  State Fee waived, OCHD and Education  Fee still apply

Certified Food Manager Fees,

  • Class Registration: $172
  • Re-Certification Class: $97
  • Re-Test: $60
  • Book Fee (replacement/lost book - test not included) call for cost
Plan Review - Food Establishment,

Click on the links below & print out the materials that you will need to get started with your Plan Review process. 


  • Partial Plan Review: $102
  • 0-24 Seats: $132
  • 25-99 Seats: $165
  • 100+ Seats: $198
  • STFU: $137
  • Commissaries: $200
  • Mobile Food Establishments: $102

For further information, please e-mail Josh Nelson or Bob Haralabakos or call (248)424-7191.

Please mail completed Plan Review forms to:

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Temporary Food License Fees,
  • Temp Food License (2 working days prior to event): $54
  • Temp Food License (less than 2 working days prior to event): $64
  • Temp Food License (collected in field): $74
  • Temp Food License - multiple inspections under one license: $47
Inspection Fees,
  • ​Food Re-Inspection Fee: $50
  • STFU Inspection: $90
  • ​Ice Cream Truck Inspection: $22​
Appeal Fees,
  • ​Appeals & Other Requests: $100
  • Special Sanitary Code Appeal Board Meeting:$300
  • Sanitary Code Appeal Board Fee for On-Site Inspection:$50​

 Contact Us

  • 248-858-1312 Pontiac
  • 248-424-7190 Southfield