Food Service Facility (FSF) Permits
Issuance of a Health Department Food Service Facility Permit is based on the type of food served or sold in the facility and how the food is handled before, during, and after the day it is served.
Potentially hazardous foods of concern include meats, fish, eggs, dairy products, cooked rice and pasta, cut melons and bean sprouts. If not handled properly, cooked to the right temperature, or kept hot or cold, these foods are more likely to grow the type of bacteria that causes illnesses.
How to Apply
If you are interested in applying for a Food Service Facility (FSF) Permit, click on the application link under the correct category, print the application, follow the instructions at the top of the form and mail the completed application to the referenced address. An original signature must be on the application. Faxed applications are not accepted.
Categories of Food Service Facilities
High Priority FSF
High Priority FSF Permit Application
Type of Food Served/Food Handling
Potentially hazardous food is served
Food is cooked ahead of time, or is served as a leftover, which means it was placed in cold storage after the first cook and, therefore, went from hot to cold
Food is cooked and kept hot for service for more than 4 hours
Moderate Priority FSF
Moderate Priority FSF Permit Application
Fast food restaurants in which food is cooked and then served
Potentially hazardous food is served
Food is served to the customer right away
Hot-served food is not kept more than 4 hours before being discarded
Low Priority FSF
Low Priority FSF Permit Application
Commercial food is served and sold in sealed packages.
Food (i.e., sodas, snack food, ice cream) is served or is sold as an unopened, commercially-prepared and packaged product
Mobile Food Service Facility Permit Application
A mechanically, electrically, manually, or otherwise propelled vehicle that is relocated following each day’s operation to an approved depot or other location acceptable to the approving authority.
Sale of food is not permitted on the public rights-of-way in Prince George’s County, except for ice cream vendors
Sale of food from a vehicle is only permitted on private property and in association with a carnival, circus or other similar event
This permit allows the handling/sale of foods for up to one year
Farmer's Market Vendor
Farmers' Market Vendor/Sampler Special Food Service Facility Permit Application
The following permits are required to operate a Farmer’s Market:
A Farmer’s Market must have both Maryland State Department of Agriculture approval AND a Prince George’s County Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement Use and Occupancy Permit
Sale of foods other than farm products requires a Prince George’s County Health Department Farmer’s Market Vendor Special Food Service Facility Permit
Contact the Food Protection Program staff at 301.883.7690 for more information
Temporary Event Permit Application
Issued to prospective food and drink vendors operating at a fixed location for not more than five consecutive days in conjunction with a fair, festival, carnival, community day, concession stand or special events
- Contact the Food Protection Program staff at 301.883.7690 for more information
Warehouse/Processing Plant Permit Application
The Food Service Manager (FSM) Certification
Any operator of a restaurant or Class III Mobile Unit must have a Prince George’s County Certified Food Service Manager on duty at all times.
An individual obtaining a certificate for the first time is required to:
An individual obtaining a renewal certificate is required to:
Complete an 8-hour course from one of the approved instructors, and bring a letter from the instructor stating that he/she has completed the class
For more information regarding Non-Profit Food Manager Training, contact the Food Protection Program at 301.883.7650
How To Obtain a Prince George’s County
Food Service Manager (FSM) Certificate
Bring the following to the office, 9400 Peppercorn Place, 1st Floor, during business hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.:
After your application is reviewed, your certification card will be issued if all criteria has been met. Your I.D. picture will be taken in our office.
For More Information on the Food Service Manager Program
Food Service Manager (FSM) General Information
Classes for Non-Profit Organizations
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