Retail food: restaurants and grocery stores
The Mission of the Retail Food Program is to provide effective means for the prevention of foodborne illnesses in Colorado. The vision of the program is to promote and protect public health through education and partnerships to advance food safety.
Restaurants, grocery/convenience stores, catering operations, food trucks and push-carts must have a retail food license.
Remodeling, increasing seating, and making changes to your menu or equipment may require a plan review.
Licenses are specific to the owner and location, and are not transferrable.
This will take you to the Colorado Department of Revenue. Sales tax licenses are required to operate a retail food establishment.
Regulations, food safety signs and regulation explanation documents.
We and our county partners are transitioning to the FDA Food Code by January 2019.
Additional licensing may be required.
Depending on the type of business, you may need some or all of the license types below:
Contact your local city office.
City/County sales tax license
Contact the local city/county taxation office.
Colorado Department of Revenue
Federal tax ID number (TIN, EIN, ITIN, etc.)
Internal Revenue Service or visit your local IRS office.
Contact your regional building department.