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i am trying find info on trying to start a catering bussiness in nys.i do alot of parties for friends n family & decided i want to do it as a bussiness. what permits n liscenses do i need. i want to be able to rent a hall kitchen to cook in until i can afford to get my own kitchen. also what do u need for a moble home catering service if i ever want to go that route?

thank you!!!
 
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Every state, county, and municapality is different. You will also need a Fed ID Number.

   Regardless of where you are health dept permit required.
 
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Every state, county, and municapality is different. You will also need a Fed ID Number.

   Regardless of where you are health dept permit required.
Absolutely!

You will probably need:
  • Business license, probably for the kitchen you will rent
  • Health department permit for the kitchen where you cook
  • ServSafe/NRFSP or equivalent "Food Safety Manager" certification (NOT just a food handler card)
  • In my experience, the EIN (Fed ID #) is only required if you have employees, it doesn't cost anything so it may be good to have.
  • Liability insurance, find a broker/company that understands food service/catering! Otherwise you'll pay way too much or have inadequate coverage.
  • and a fictitious name registration
for starters...
 
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