Follow These Simple Steps to Get Started!
Determine License Type Needed
Refer to the video to determine if your business will be food processing, a food establishment, or a retail food store.
Determine the Jurisdiction of the Business
The Regulatory Jurisdiction Areas by License Type document will help you determine who will license your business. If you determine that a local agency will be licensing your business, please contact the local agency for guidance. (need pdf)
Contact Local Planning and Zoning Office
Make sure to get approval from your city, township, or county prior to investing in your business.
Here are some helpful links you may need before starting your business:
- Secretary of State Business Services
- New Business Registration
- Tax Information for New Businesses
- Sales and Special Taxes Guidelines
- Alcohol Tax Forms
- Office of Attorney General Licensing and Gaming
Submit Plans and Specifications to Licensing and Inspection Authority
Prior to constructing, remodeling, or operating a food business in North Dakota, a license application and properly prepared plans and specifications must be submitted to the Division of Food and Lodging for review and approval. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (701) 328-1291 with any questions.
- Food Establishment License Application and Plan Review
- ND Rules and Regulations
Written Plan Approval and Certification from Applicable Agencies
If the Division of Food & Lodging approves your plans, a plan approval letter will be sent to you. Be sure to obtain appropriate certifications from other applicable agencies prior to opening day for your business.
- North Dakota State Electrical Board
- North Dakota State Plumbing Board
- North Dakota State Fire Marshal
Pre-operational Inspection Prior to License Approval and Operation
An inspector will conduct a pre-operational inspection and license your business.
The Annual License Fee Schedule will help you determine the annual license fees for your business.