Procedures for opening or remodeling a food service facility:
Prior to remodeling an existing food service facility or constructing a new food service facility, an application and plans must be submitted to the Food Office for review.
On April 18, 2017, Senate Bill 262 (cross filed with House Bill 771), Public Health – Mobile Food Service Facilities – Licensing and Inspection by County Health Departments, was signed by Governor Hogan taking effect immediately as an emergency Act.
This new law requires a county health department to issue a mobile reciprocity license to Maryland mobile food service facilities that meet the requirements set forth in MD HEALTH-GENERAL Code Ann. § 21-304 (f) and that are in compliance with COMAR 10.15.03. The new law prohibits a county, under certain circumstances, from requiring that a mobile food service facility be inspected before issuing a mobile reciprocity license. A county health department may not charge a fee exceeding $300 for a mobile reciprocity license. A county health department that issued a mobile reciprocity license is authorized to inspect the mobile food service facility while the mobile food service facility is operating in the county; and to take certain enforcement action against the mobile food service facility.
To qualify for a Mobile Reciprocity License, the mobile food service facility must:
The Code of Maryland (COMAR) Regulations 10.15.03 for Food Service can be obtained by clicking the following link:
COMAR 10.15.03 – Food Service Facilities
All new facilities or transferred facilities must complete an application and an emergency contact form to apply for a Food Service Facility License. These documents must also be resubmitted annually by each facility for food license renewal. All Food Service Facility Licenses expire each year on January 31st.
Facilities that offer only non-potentially hazardous commercially pre-packaged foods such as canned soda, packaged snacks and canned goods do not require a food service facility license provided the facility is not pouring, opening, or repackaging the food items.