No home preparation or home storage of food is allowed unless you have a Cottage Food permit. Please go to our Cottage Food Operations page for more information.
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NCDEH recommends you visit our main office to review the facility’s file before purchase. A Business Advisory is required for all “Change of Ownerships”. A Business Advisory is a scheduled onsite inspection with one of our Consumer Protection Specialists. Any improvement to the facility involving food areas (storage, prep, cooking) requires a Food Facility Plan Check. Lastly, an application and payment for a Certificate of Operation (Annual Permit) are required. All forms and Applications can be found on our website.
Three complete sets of plans and specifications must be submitted to NCDEH along with an Agreement to Pay form. A separate building permit may also be required, check with the local municipalities Building Department.
Permits may be paid by check, cash, money order or credit card in person at our CDA office located at the address at the top of this page. Additionally, you can pay online with a virtual check or credit card. Please click here to be directed to our online payment page.
NCDEH’s permit year is from November 1 – October 31. Invoices are sent out annually at the end of September for all food facility permits. If nothing has changed, you can pay your annual permit fee online, please be sure to have your Invoice Number on hand. Visit our Food Facilities Page for more information.