If you want to open and operate a food business in Philadelphia, you need to get the appropriate licenses from the Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I). The forms and instructions on this page will help you through the process.
You can apply for food business licenses from L&I online or take your application to the Permit and License Center in the MSB Concourse. Do not mail applications.
The Department of Health also offers additional information about opening a food business.
|Food business license application PDF||Application form for a license to prepare or serve food.||August 31, 2020|
|Sidewalk cafe license application PDF||Application form to operate a sidewalk cafe.||August 11, 2020|
|Cafe plot plan instructions PDF||How to complete a cafe plot plan as part of your Sidewalk Cafe License application.||March 7, 2019|
|Guide to opening a stationary food business PDF||A guide to starting or changing a stationary food business.||October 2, 2020|