Obtaining your smoothie juice bar permits

The first step in setting up your smoothie juice bar is getting your permits in order. Getting permits is one of the least talked about aspects of starting up a smoothie bar and yet one of the most important steps you will take when setting up your smoothie bar.

Getting your permits first is an absolute must. First, if you qualify and are granted your occupancy and food handlers permits, then you know that you have done everything according to the standards established by zoning and occupancy laws as well as local health department requirements.

Once you have your permits all squared away you will know that your design and layout meets local regulation and you won't have to do any costly re-construction to meet standards. Getting your permits first allows you to follow the old idiom 'Do it right the first time.

In order to start the permit process (specifically for your smoothie bar) you need to contact your local health department. Let them know your intentions and ask for a starter packet or guidelines for achieving your goal. Most health departments (especially large city health departments with complex procedures) will have a step by step packet to follow when applying for food handlers permits. FYI food handler's permits may go by different titles or names (i.e. food server license, food service permit, etc.) as there is no uniform federal standard set for all health departments.

The permit process for the building design and layout must also be approved by your local department of planning and zoning. Again, this is a situation where you explain your goals and obtain packets or guidelines they have for your specific project.

The rules and regulations can vary slightly with every county, so due diligence is a necessary step to prevent costly re-construction.

Our design services can completely streamline this process and remove all the problems and headaches with a professional design that the health departments want to see. Call now to see how our services can make your life easier.


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