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Food Inspections
Food Service Permits
New Business
If you are interested in starting a business that will provide food to the public, you should first contact the Shelby County Health Department, Food Inspection Program, at (901) 222-9203 or (901) 222-9213. Our office can provide you with a copy of state regulations governing all food establishments and information on how to get started.

Existing Businesses
If you are interested in purchasing an existing food outlet of any type, you should contact the Shelby County Health Department, Food Inspection Program, at (901) 222-9203 or (901) 222-9213. Our office may be able to conduct a courtesy inspection and inform you of any changes or remodeling which may be required to bring the facility up to current standards. Upon change-of-ownership or extensive remodeling, all facilities must be brought into compliance with current codes.

Permit Fees
Food service permit fees are based on the seating capacity of the facility.
  • 50 seats or less - $210 per year
  • 51 seats or more - $360 per year


Vasco A. Smith, Jr. County Administration Building • (901) 222-2300
160 North Main Street Memphis TN 38103
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