People often ask me if they need a vendor’s permit to sell lemonade. Well…
… Yes, no and maybe – but different. It depends on your state codes if you’ll need a vendor’s permit to sell lemonade. The quickest way to find out is with a little thing I call “Google” and a phone. In just minutes you’ll know.
How To Know If YOU Need A Vendor’s Permit To Sell Lemonade?
- Grab your Google machine and search: health department (your county) phone number
- Call the health department and ask to speak to the office that does restaurant inspections
- Tell this person you are thinking of opening a fresh squeezed lemonade stand and would like to know what the process is for licensing / permitting
YOU’LL EITHER HEAR…
- “Nothing from us… you may want to call the State Agriculture Department”
- “You’ll need to fill out an application so we can inspect your setup”
If #1 – then you’ll need to call the State Agriculture Department – who will likely tell you that you need nothing from them and that you should follow safe food handling guidelines. *that’s it – you can now start
If #2 – simply ask what the requirements are. It won’t be much and you’ll be on your way to making fistfuls of cash from your new lemonade enterprise.
Yes – You Need A Permit To Sell Lemonade
Even if you find that you’re required to have a permit. The licensing is pretty dang easy. We can usually get the application filled out, get our stuff and begin vending within a few days.
Some states support local agriculture and will not require anything at all. But don’t worry if you are required. Getting a permit to sell lemonade is easy and something you’ll only have to do once. For more information and a free step by step guide, go here.
Most states will require a business license or vendor permit. This is different from a health department or food service license. It’s essentially a local tax on small businesses.
In Tennessee (my area) – we are required to have a business license if we’re going into business. But in North Carolina, many cities and counties don’t even have such a thing. You just hang a shingle (a old term for business sign) and begin business.
You can call your local city office and ask.
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