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In conjunction with RIDOH, CommerceRI and the Department of Business Regulation have created a general overview and road map of how to navigate entrance into the restaurant industry, including guiding users through obtaining necessary local and state permits and licenses. Access the information at 'How to Open a Restaurant in Rhode Island'.
You need a Food Processing license if your business manufactures, packages, labels, or stores food to sell to distribute to other businesses.The specific license(s) you need depends on what your business makes and how it makes it. In addition to the applications listed on this page you may need Shellfish License if you handle clams or other mollusks or a Dairy License if sell milk or ice cream. Contact us if you have any questions about the license process.
You need a license and must use a commercial kitchen and commercial refrigerator if you prepare for a special event or sell products to people, other businesses or at farmers' markets.
A variance is needed for certain food processes including:
All variance requests and cook-chill, sous vide processes must be supported by a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HAACP) plan.
This pre-application should be completed by applicants who want to start a business that is not serviced by a municipal water system and/or a public sewer system. Staff from the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) or Department of Environmental Management (DEM) will contact you to provide further guidance regarding what steps may be necessary to get your business approved. The purpose of this pre-application is to provide general guidance about the scope of your project and the requirements under current regulations and laws.