What kind of license do I need?Because you're going to be serving food to the public you will need to be licensed with the State. Some states you would just need to contact your local health department as the inspectors usually work from there. Other states call it environmental safety division or some version of that. You can call your state's information line and tell them you need to find the department that handles food vendors and restaurants. The other license you will most certainly be required is a business license, resale license and hawker or vendors license. For example, in TN, I must have my state health permit, my business license for the county in which I'm based and in some other cities I must have a license to work there too. All of this is pretty easy to do. The one that can take the longest is the health department permit.