Businesses that sell food or food products for off-site consumption need a Retail Food Store License. Businesses that sell hazardous foods such as milk, eggs, and meat need this license. This license is issued by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.
Each location needs a separate license.
Businesses that only sell non-hazardous, pre-packaged foods do not need this license. Food service establishments, such as cafes and restaurants, do not need this license. Vending machines do not need this license.
NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets
Food Safety & Inspection Unit
10B Airline Drive
Albany NY 12235