Food Service Health Permit: Know What You Need
Starting up a restaurant has more licensing and fee requirements than most other businesses. So when it comes time to obtain your Boston restaurant permits it helps to know exactly what will be required. Among these permits, every restaurant owner must obtain the proper health permit if he or she hopes to operate within the city of Boston. Though the cost may be relatively inexpensive, this process can take some time if you don’t already have all of the application paperwork in order.
Why Do Restaurants Need a Health Permit?
The Health Division of Boston’s Inspectional Services Department ensures that every restaurant in the city follows the Massachusetts State Sanitary Code by performing inspections on these establishments. These inspections are performed at least once per year, and to set up the initial inspection cycle and ensure that a restaurant is following proper health procedures, they must first obtain a food service health permit. Unlike many permits needed for a restaurant, this permitting process includes ensuring that the manager of the location has received the proper training through a Food Safety Manager Certification course, which is a nationally recognized program to ensure that food is served and kept in a clean and safe environment.
Have All of Your Paperwork Ready
Of all the Boston restaurant permits, the requirements for a health permit are perhaps the most stringent. To begin with, any new restaurant owner must submit their copy of a Certificate of Occupancy (C.O.), which outlines the intended use of the permit. Next, the owner must also submit the restaurant’s floor plan, and schedule a time to review this plan with the city of Boston. Third, a restaurant owner must provide a copy of his or her Food Safety Manager Certification, or at least send in evidence that he or she has applied. Lastly, the proper fees must be included and an initial health inspection should be scheduled.
Fortunately, the city of Boston has streamlined this process to the point that once all of the necessary paperwork is in place, the process is relatively hassle-free. Like any other government application though, there is always the possibility of delay if you are not fully prepared with the proper paperwork. When it comes time to purchase the proper licenses for your new restaurant and you wish to seek out the best professional advisors to help establish your new restaurant business, contact Lewis Sassoon of Sassoon & Cymrot for individual guidance and consultation.