Food Safety Licenses

The Kansas Department of Agriculture issues two types of food licenses to food businesses. They are food establishment (restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores, schools, bakeries, delicatessens, bars, drinking establishments, senior meal sites, caterers and mobile food units) and food processor (food wholesalers, food warehouses, food re-packers, and food manufacturers). A business may be required to have both licenses, depending on their operation.

To receive a license, the facility must pass a licensing inspection and the licensee must submit a signed license application along with the appropriate fees. Fees include an application and an annual license fee.

Payment may be made by credit card, check, cashiers check or money order. Cash payments are only accepted in the Kansas Department of Agriculture's Topeka office. For credit card payments, please complete and submit the Credit Card Form along with the license application.

All licenses expire each year on March 31. The department does not prorate license fees.

Visit Food Safety, Egg, and Lodging Forms to print our applications or see below for more information.

Food Establishment License

A business that prepares or offers food for immediate consumption is required to have a  Food Establishment License.  These food establishments include restaurants, senior meal sites and kitchens, special events, caterers and mobile food units. 

The Mobile Unit Log shall be used with the Food Establishment Application for any mobile units applying for a license.

Schools receiving National School Lunch Program Funds are required to have two inspections per year. The application fee, which is only paid on initial licensing, is $200. The annual license fee for each school lunch program is $415. The annual license fee for each satellite school lunch program is $340.

A school lunch program is considered a satellite if the food is delivered from the central kitchen and no food preparation occurs on-site, except for portioning and serving.

Food Processor or Food Storage License

The Food Processing or Storage Application has been divided into two categories. Category one is for facilities that process and store food. Category two is for facilities that only store food. A food processing plant that processes and stores food will not be required to obtain a separate license for food storage. The total square footage of the facility will be used in determining the license fee for a food processing plant that processes and stores food.

1.  Food Processing Plant:  Processing includes manufacturing, preparing, packaging, labeling, cooking, canning, extracting, extruding, fermenting, distilling, pickling, freezing, baking, drying, smoking, grinding, cutting, mixing, coating, stuffing, packing, bottling, packaging or any other treatment or preservation process, the receipt and salvaging of distressed food for sale or distribution to other business entities such as food establishments, food warehouses and other food processing plants.

 Square Feet

Application Fee  

License Fee  

Total Fee 1st Year 

Total Fee Subsequent Years  

Less than 1,000 

$100

$80  

$180 

$80 

1,001 to 5,000 

$100 

$135 

$235  

$135 

5,001 to 10,000 

$100 

$190 

$290 

$190 

10,001 to 50,000 

$100 

$245 

$345 

$245 

More than 50,000 

$100 

$300 

$400 

$300 


2.  Food Storage Facility:
  Storing includes any premises, establishment, building, room area, facility or place, in whole or in part, where food is stored, kept or held, regardless of whether the food is temperature controlled, for distribution to other wholesalers, retail food stores, food service establishments or any other facility that sells or distributes to the ultimate consumer.

Square Feet 

Application Fee  

License Fee  

Total Fee 1st Year 

Total Fee Subsequent Years  

Less than 1,000

$100 

$50  

$150 

$50 

1,001 to 5,000 

$100  

$75 

$175  

$75 

5,001 to 10,000 

$100 

$105 

$205 

$105 

10,001 to 50,000 

$100 

$140 

$240 

$140 

More than 50,000 

$100 

$180 

$280 

$180 

Food License Online Renewal

Online renewal will not be available for the 2013-2014 license year. Paper renewals were mailed in early February. Please contact the program at (785) 296-7430 or fsl@kda.ks.gov for more information. 

 


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