If You Want to Open a Restaurant in Kansas City, MO

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Before You Even Begin the Permit Process, You Need to Have the Following:

  • Your menu needs to be set and specific. What will you serve? 
  • You need to have a location.

Here’s what to expect when you go through the permit process:

1. You establish your restaurant concept and know your menu.

2. You select a location.

  • If there are no modifications to the structure, move to step 3
  • If there are modifications to the structure, you must submit plans to City Planning & Development.
    • Your submission will be reviewed.
    • If approved by City Planning & Development, move to step 3

3. You will then submit a food establishment permit application along with the following required documents:

  • Copy of photo ID
  • Articles of incorporation /LLC company information (if applicable)
  • Approved City Planning final inspection or
  • Certification of Occupancy (if newly built establishment)
  • Finalized menu
  • Fire inspection report
  • Application processing fee ($100)

Send to:

Kansas City, Mo., Health Dept.
Environmental Public Health Program
2400 Troost Avenue
Suite 3000
Kansas City, MO, 64108

4. You will now schedule a pre-opening inspection.

5. Upon passing, you will pay your permit fee.

Other Food Businesses

(If you want to serve food to the public another way (E.g. farmers market, catering, push carts, food trucks) look for that on the ‘Permits for other food businesses‘ page.)

Other Important Information for Food Establishments

Related Links


Environmental Public Health Program
2400 Troost Ave., Suite 3200
Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: (816) 513-6315
Fax: (816) 513-6290

Hours of Operation:
Mondays - Fridays
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
(except holidays)

There is a full list of our programs and their hours of operation listed as well.

Related: Health permits for large outdoor events. For temporary events and noise permits, visit

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