Licensing

Do I need a license?

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is responsible for regulating production, processing, and distribution of food products. If you plan to operate a restaurant, host temporary food service events, or operate a mobile food cart, contact your local county health department for a license.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture offers licenses for the following types of food establishments

  • Retail: Stores with packaged foods or bulk foods.
  • Bakery: Bread, rolls, cakes, pies, doughnuts, cookies, biscuits, crackers, and all ​​similar goods.
  • Food processing and warehousing: Production or storage and distribution of food.
  • Home (domestic) kitchen processing and baking: Foods made in your home kitchen.
  • Meat: Slaughter, preparation, or sale of raw meat (see food processing section for seafood).
  • Eggs: Handling and distribution.
  • Shellfish: Clams, oysters, mussels, whole scallops only.
  • Dairy: Producing, transporting, and processing fluid milk and dairy products.
  • Non-alcoholic beverage: Soda waters, mineral waters, and other carbonated beverages.
  • Pet food: Pet treats or food containing raw or cooked meat.
  • Refrigerated locker: Individual rental compartments for frozen food storage.

You may need to contact other government agencies to determine if you need a business license or any additional licenses or permits.

Resources

Oregon Local Health Department Directory

Contact information for each local county health department in Oregon Website


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Main Office
Food Safety
635 Capitol St NE
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-986-4720
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