Food Stores

Agency: Agriculture and Rural Development

Required State License(s):

A food establishment license (see Food Establishment License for details) is required with the Department of Agriculture & Rural Development, Food and Dairy Division; 1-800-292-3939.

When food products are prepared on the premises, a Food Service License (see Food Service License for details) may be needed with the Department of Agriculture & Rural Development, Food Section at 1-800-292-3939. to determine if a license is required.

A sales tax license is required for non-food sales. You may call the Michigan Department of Treasury at 517-636-4660 and request a 518 sales tax form.

Personalized sales tax returns and a payment schedule will be mailed within four to six weeks after the registration has been processed. If you have questions about this process, please call the Michigan Department of Treasury at 517-636-4730.

Other Licenses:

If cigarettes are sold from a vending machine, contact the Department of Treasury, Motor Fuel, Cigarette & Miscellaneous Taxes Division; 517-636-4630.

If beer, wine, and/or liquor are sold, a license should be obtained from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC). Please visit the MLCC webpage or contact the MLCC, toll-free, at 866-813-0011 for information on the appropriate liquor licenses for your business.

When selling plants other than house plants and/or annuals, a nursery stock dealer or plant dealer's license required with the Department of Agriculture & Rural Development, Plant Industry Division; 1-800-292-3939..

To obtain authorization to accept food stamps, contact the USDA Food & Nutrition Service at 313-226-4930 (Detroit) or (616) 456-2482 (Grand Rapids).

Revised: 8/2016