This guide is intended to help you find information to develop a business plan for a restaurant or other food business. Some resources are localized to San Francsico, specifically.
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This website assists you in finding appropriate permit information for your business. It also provides contact information for the various agencies that administer & issue these permits. Search by city, county and business type.
SF Planning Dept - Restaurant & Foodservice
This Getting Started Guide walks you through the necessary permits, codes, application processes.
San Francisco Dept. of Health - Food Safety Program
Provides information on the restaurant scoring system, restaurant inspections and detailed descriptions of violators.
FDA: Overview of Requirements ofr a Food Business
Food business must pass regulatory requirements. Some of these requirements apply to all food businesses, and some are specific to the particular food product, such as low-acid canned food, seafood, or juice. This FDA resources is a good starting point ot learn of the specific requirements for any given food business; additinal stte and local requirements may also be applicable.
San Francisco Tax & Treasurers Office: Starting a Business
Business resource center for San Francisco business people.
Oakland Business Assistance Center
Business resource center for Oakland business people.
Food Entrepreneur: Your Resource Guide to the Food Industry
North Dakota State University Extension Service. Links to resources to aid individuals establishing themselves in the food industry.
Northeast Center for Food Entrepreneurship
Cornell University. New York State Agricultural Experiment Station. Provides comprehensive assistance to beginning and established food entrepreneurs, thus promoting sustainable economic development of rural communities.