How to Get a Food Processing License from the Health Department
You will need a food processing license if you are operating a manufacturing facility to make products like salsa, sauce, salad dressing, coffee, beverages, snacks, candy, chocolate, condiments, jam and jelly, etc. Warehouses and distribution centers also need this type of license.
You need to take several steps before getting a license to a food processing business in Vermont. The process from start to finish may take about 30 days. You might need to contact other agencies to get permits during this process, which may make the process take longer, so please plan accordingly.
If you haven't already, determine which license you need, and review the regulations for that license category. Find specific information if you are opening a home-based food business.
Fill out and mail the application and license fees 30 days before opening.
A health inspector will contact you to discuss your plans and schedule an opening inspection, usually within 10 business days. Contact a public health inspector if you have questions about the inspection.
Contact other state and local agencies as needed. Search for a wastewater permit or contact a DEC specialist if you have questions about wastewater permits.
Complete an opening inspection. You are approved to begin operating after you pass an opening inspection and have all permits from other agencies in place. The license will be mailed to you within 10 business days.
In rare cases, a license is not required. Learn more about license exemptions
Materials for You
Download the Guide to Opening a Food Processing Business
Read the requirements Good Manufacturing Practices for Food Rule
Apply for a Food Processor License Español
Need to renew your license? Find out how to renew your license online