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Food Protection

All food establishments are inspected to ensure compliance with the provisions contained within the Merged Food Code. Food Protection personnel monitor food offered for consumption to ensure that it is free from adulteration, properly labeled, identifiable and manufactured at an approved source.

In an effort to explain and to simplify the permitting process for the operation of a Food Service of Retail Food establishment within the City of Worcester, please use the following checklist as a tool to guide you through the permitting process. All food related businesses require licenses or permits and inspections prior to operation.

Checklist for Food Establishments

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  • To request services or report problems, call 508-929-1300 or submit your request online through our online customer service center.

Service Requests

Permit/License Types

We encourage you to submit your application ONLINE through our permit portal link below! Please complete all required fields, electronically sign and upload the appropriate documents.

Before you can submit an application for a permit or license you must create an account. Please see Signing Up, Creating a Profile & Accessing Your Information and Applying for a Permit & Paying Fees.

Food Establishment License • Apply Now!

  • Bakery
  • Bottling Plant
  • Catered Event
  • Commissary Kitchen
  • Farm Stand
  • Farmer's Market • Guidelines
  • Farmer's Market Semi-annual
  • Farmer's Market Annual
  • Food & Drink Est 1 - 100
  • Food & Drink Est 101 - 499
  • Food & Drink Est 500+
  • Food Service
  • Establishment Review (change in ownership)
  • Institutional
  • Mobile Food Service • Requirements
  • Mobile Food Vendor
  • Public School
  • Retail / Bakery / Restaurant
  • Retail Food Only
  • Retail over 10,000 Sq. Ft.
  • Retail with Bakery
  • Seasonal Concessions
  • Special Events NPO
  • Temporary Food 1 - 15 Days • Help
  • Temporary Food 16+ Days
  • Plan Review New Establishment

Schedule of Fees

Food permits expire on December 31st annually!


Alternatively, you may continue to use the following applications. Include your phone number, sign, date and send along with the appropriate documents to the email address or fax number on this page.

You may also mail your application to the Housing/Health Division, however we recommend you follow up to ensure that it was received and that only copies of the original documents are mailed.

Please contact our office with any questions at 508-799-1198.

Contact Information

Inspectional Services
25 Meade Street
Worcester, MA 01610

Accessible via WRTA Bus Line. View Schedules

Phone: 508-799-1198
Fax: 508-799-8544
Email Us

Office Hours:

Building & Zoning
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Housing & Health
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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City of Worcester
Customer Service Line
Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
508-929-1300
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