What is a Culinary Education Program license?

This is a specialty food service license intended for educational institutions meeting the criteria for a Culinary Education Program as defined in 381.0072, F.S. (Florida Statute).  A Culinary Education Program is a program that educates enrolled students in the culinary arts and is provided by:

  • A State University or Florida College institution as defined in F.S. 1000.21.
  • A Career Center as defined in F.S. 1001.44.
  • A Charter Technical Career Center as defined in F.S. 1002.34.
  • A nonprofit independent college or university as delineated in F.S. 381.0072 (2) (e).
  • A nonpublic post secondary educational facility licensed under part III F.S. 1005.

To verify if your program would qualify for this license, please contact our plan review team at dhr.planreview@myfloridalicense.com.

Steps to acquiring a Culinary Education Program license

  1. Create your DBPR Online account
  2. Apply for and complete plan review (if required)
  3. Apply for a license and pay the license fee
  4. Schedule and pass the licensing Inspection

Notes: Steps 1 – 3 can be completed online. If plan review is required, we recommend applying for both license and plan review at the same time using the combination application available via DBPR online services.

Application Tips

  • For fastest turnaround apply using DBPR online services and upload all required documents at time of application.
  • All DBPR food service licenses have a 7 digit numerical license number. Before purchasing a food service business verify the license details by searching here.
  • If changing ownership ensure the location address on the application matches the location of the licensed kitchen.
  • If a plan review is required check the plan review page before submitting your application.


For a detailed breakdown of fees see the food service fee page.

The appropriate license fee must be paid to the division before a license will be issued. If submitting by mail, please make checks payable to the Division of Hotels and Restaurants.  For additional assistance in determining the correct license fee, please contact the department at 850.487.1395.

Opening Inspection

All new licensees are required to pass a sanitation and safety inspection prior to opening. After meeting all requirements of the plan review and submitting your license application and fees, check your approved plan review packet for Inspector contact information or contact the department at 850.487.1395 to schedule an opening inspection. For more information about inspections view the inspections page.


Once licensed, operators must meet and maintain all applicable standards of a public food service establishment as provided in rule, code and statute. Conduct all food storage and food preparation operations in an approved, licensed food service establishment. You may not conduct food operations in a private residence.

Division personnel inspect as often as necessary for enforcement of the provisions of law and rule, and the protection of the public’s health, safety, and welfare. Non-Seating food service license operators must permit division personnel right of entry at any reasonable time to observe food preparation and service. If necessary, division personnel may examine records of the unit to obtain pertinent information regarding food and supplies purchased, received or used.

Need Help?

All requests for public records, complaints, forms, and applications for licenses can be obtained by contacting the Customer Contact Center.

Steven von Bodungen, Director

Division of Hotels and Restaurants
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1011

Telephone: 850.487.1395
Email: dhr.info@myfloridalicense.com