In order to operate or participate in a successful market, it is vital to ensure that you are in compliance with the applicable regulations. Since Maryland is a home-rule state, county and local regulations can be more strict than state requirements - making the challenge of identifying which regulations apply a challenge. We've put together this tool to help you navigate these complexities and lead to the answers you need - whether you are a market manager, a farmer, or an organization interested in cooking demonstrations at market.
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If they want to sell meat at a farmers market they need to get a Temporary Food Service License. It is $20 and they would inspect their market stand.
Allegany and Garret have a MOU for county permits. If one county issues a permit, the other county will not require the same type of permit.
A temporary food service facility is one operating for no more than 14 consecutive days at a fixed location in conjunction with a fair, carnival, public exhibition, construction project, recreational facility or similar gathering.
A temporary event coordinator plans, organizes and implements events involving two or more temporary food service facilities. The temporary event coordinator is responsible for ensuring that public health requirements are met.
A food service permit application must be completed two weeks prior to the event and submitted to the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, 3 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401. A fee of $195 for high and moderate risk facilities or $35 for low risk facilities must be submitted with the application.
More information can be found here: Anne Arundel County Temporary Food Service Facilities Guidelines
More information can be found here: Baltimore City Temporary Food Service Facilities Fact Sheet.
More information can be found here: Baltimore County Food Inspection Program.
More information can be found here: Calvert County Food Service.
More information can be found here: Caroline County Food Protection Program.
More information can be found here: Charles County Temporary Food Establishments.
Health Coordinator reviews list and acquires documentation as required for any value-added food item, per DHMH “Processing & Selling Value Added Food Products in Maryland” document. No permit needed for raw/unprocessed agricultural products.
For more information or to apply for a permit to operate a temporary non-profit food service facility, visit Garrett County Temporary Food Service Applications.
On-Farm 30 Day Temporary License: $30 (2 renewals per year, farmers only). Farmers Market Producer Samplinf License: $99 (farmers only). Non-Farm Vendor Farmers Market License: $138 (non-farm vendor at a single FM location).
More information can be found here: Howard County Food Protection Program
Anyone who plans to sell or give away food at a temporary event must first obtain a Montgomery County Food Service Facility License. The only exception to the law is the sale of fresh uncut produce or live crustacea. A temporary event is an event at a fixed location not exceeding 14 days where either a mobile, permanent, or temporary structure is used to prepare, serve, or sell food or drink. The application must be submitted at least 2 working days before the scheduled start of the event. A fee will be charged for applications filed fewer than 2 working days prior to the event. Complete applications will be returned to the applicant. An inspection will be conducted, if warranted, at the event prior to operating. The license will be mailed to the applicant or issued at the time of the inspection. Personnel within the Licensure & Regulatory Services section are available to discuss questions during regular working hours (Monday through Friday) 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Applicants may apply in person at 255 Rockville Pike, 1st Floor, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850 between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Monday through Friday. See web sites below for further information and application for permit. It takes approximately 30 days to process a special food permit license.
More information can be found here: Montgomery County Food License Information.
The following permits are required to operate a Farmer’s Market:
- A Farmer’s Market must have both Maryland State Department of Agriculture approval AND a Prince George’s County Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement Use and Occupancy Permit
- Sale of foods other than farm products requires a Prince George’s County Health Department Farmer’s Market Vendor Special Food Service Facility Permit
Contact the Food Protection Program staff at 301.883.7690 for more information
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Outdoor markets: $15 per individual outdoor farmer’s market stand. Indoor markets: $35 for county residents and $50 for out‑of‑county residents. It is $35 per market for anything other than fruit and veg in their natural state.