Requirements for the City of Lancaster Bureau of Health
Contact the Health Division at (717) 291-4824 or (717) 291-4714 to obtain a temporary permit.
Exempt from licensing if non-profit supports recreational activities for youth (soccer clubs, girl scouts, etc.).
If you want to make food from your home kitchen and sell it to the public, you must be registered and inspected by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture as a Home Food Processor.
If food is distributed, served or sold, applicant must provide a complete list of vendors upon application submission.
Contracted food vendors/trucks setting up at event (either accepting money as profit or donating money, donating service, donating food) must be licensed by The Lancaster City Health Division. Exempt from licensing are non-profits that support recreational activities for youth. However, these non-profits must contact the Health Division for a permit to operate. INFORMATION REQUIRED IN ORDER FOR PERMIT APPROVAL. Contact Health Division at (717) 291-4824 or (717) 291-4714 to obtain a temporary permit.
Vendors may also need to provide evidence of a Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture License. All vendors must have a PA Department of Revenue sales tax license (717) 845-6661.
Temporary license fee is $60 for an event that lasts one to three days. Participation in multiple events requires a temporary license for every event participated in.
Food vendors must present evidence of a Manager’s ServSafe upon application submission.
If the Health Department does not receive a temporary application from a vendor four weeks prior to the event they will be unable to process the application.