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Michigan Food Establishment License Applications 

These application forms apply to those food establishments licensed by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). Establishments not licensed directly by MDARD are licensed by a local health department. For more information as to where particular establishments are licensed, see the article, "Determine Which Agency to Contact." This application should be the last thing you do in the process of setting up a new food establishment. A license is not issued until after an inspection has been completed and approval to operate is given. For more information on the individual steps to be taken along the way to setting up a food establishment in Michigan, please see our Food Establishment Licensing Step-by-Step Guide.

Food establishment license applications are valid for one license year, May 1st through April 30th. Applications will expire on April 30th of the license year in which you applied.

Applications received on or after February 1st through April 30th will be valid through the end of the next license year.

If you have taken care of all of the above, please download, fill out and submit the application form or apply online

New Food Establishment Applications:

All licensing fees are non-refundable, per statutory requirement.

For more information contact the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development at 800-292-3939.