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What It Is

Local health departments issue permits to qualified retail food operations like grocery stores, restaurants, temporary operations, concessions, food trucks and micro markets. 

Grocery Stores and Restaurants

Permits for restaurants and grocery stores are obtained through your local health department.

Further details on operating a grocery or restaurant

Temporary Food Operations

All temporary food vendors must have a permit to operate. Food may be prepared and served at or in conjunction with gatherings or events such as fairs and festivals. Food items and methods of preparation may be restricted during temporary events. All temporary food vendors must have a permit from the local health department. Permits are valid for up to 14 days at one location as long as the operator remains in good standing and compliance with regulations. 

Temporary Food Service Setup Guidelines

Restricted Food Concessions

Restricted concessions means a mobile or stationary food service establishment limited to preparing and serving only menu items and ingredients considered to be low risk for foodborne illness. Restricted concessions may include foods listed in Section 4 of the Kentucky Food Code. Potentially hazardous foods may not be provided by a restricted food concession. These concessions may operate with limited fixture requirements as defined in the Kentucky Food Establishment Act and State Retail Food Code. 

Food Trucks

Food trucks may not provide catering services unless they meet additional permitting requirements as a catering kitchen. These units are to be serviced and cleaned every day of operation. These operations are permitted by the local county health department and pay an annual fee to operate statewide. These units must contact the health department in each county where they operate for an inspection. Menu items must be approved before permitting. See Section 3 of the Kentucky Food Code

Micro Markets 

A micro market is a self-checkout retail food establishment where customers select products from open-rack displays or reach-in refrigerated coolers then scans the UPC bar code for each product at a payment kiosk. 

Micro Market Guidance Document