Index of State of Delaware Business Licenses and Registrations
The Division of Public Health issues permits to over 3,300 food establishments. If you plan to open a food establishment, please call Food Protection Office at 302-744-4546 as soon as possible to learn about the licensing procedure.
Prior to any construction or adjustments to the food establishment building or unit, please contact the Food Protection Office at 302-744-4546 to ensure that you are following the procedure to avoid unnecessary delays and costs.
A food establishment is an operation that stores, prepares, packages, serves, vends or otherwise provides food for human consumption. This can include take-out counters in grocery stores. These operations are inspected on a regular basis to monitor for compliance with the State of Delaware Food Code, a national model endorsed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Office of Food Protection ensures that food is safe to be consumed in Delaware. To accomplish this, the office ensures that the Health Systems Protection is qualified to conduct inspections in facilities that handle food, ensures that complaints from the public on food safety are handled properly, and that all laws and regulations that apply to food establishments are enforced.
“Food establishment” means an operation that stores, prepares, packages, serves, vends, or otherwise provides food for human consumption: such as a restaurant; satellite or catered feeding location; catering operation if the operation provides food directly to a consumer or to a conveyance used to transport people; market; vending location; conveyance used to transport people; institution; or food bank; and that relinquishes possession of food to a consumer directly, or indirectly through a delivery service such as home delivery of grocery orders or restaurant takeout orders, or delivery service that is provided by common carriers.
“Food establishment” includes an element of the operation such as a transportation vehicle or a central preparation facility that supplies a vending location or satellite feeding location unless the vending or feeding location is permitted by the Division of Public Health; and an operation that is conducted in a mobile, stationary, temporary, or permanent facility or location; where consumption is on or off the premises; and regardless of whether there is a charge for the food.
Operations That Do Not Require A Food Establishment Permit:
Please note, even if your business may not need a Food Establishment permit per the above list, your business will still need a Delaware General Business Licensefrom the Division of Revenue if you plan to operate your business in Delaware. For all businesses, please visit the Get Your Licensepage for more information on registering your business.
Licensure renewal forms are sent to the facilities annually, prior to the expiration of the current license. Please contact our office with any questions.
This search covers most of the frequently requested licenses, certifications, registrations, and filings that the State of Delaware requires. However, this is not a fully exhaustive list of every possible requirement. Please consult with the appropriate state agencies to find out if there are additional requirements you must fulfill.