How to Start a Food Business in Tioga, North Dakota

Welcome to the step-by-step guide for starting your food business in Tioga, ND. 

Step 1 Determine License Type Needed

The Regulatory Jurisdiction Areas by License Type document will help you determine who will license your business. If you determine that a local agency will be licensing your business, please contact the local agency for guidance. (need pdf)

Step 2: Determine the Jurisdiction of the Business

You will need to speak with Dan Larson the Community Services Director for the City of Tioga, ND. He can be reached at City Hall 701-664-2807 or on his work cell 701-641-2461. Click here to check out the Building Department's webpag

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Step 3: Contact Local Planning and Zoning Office

Prior to constructing, remodeling, or operating a food business in North Dakota, a license application and properly prepared plans and specifications must be submitted to the Division of Food and Lodging for review and approval. Contact or (701) 328-1291 with any questions.

ND Rules and Regulations


Step 4: Submit Plans and Specifications to Licensing and Inspection Authority

If the Division of Food & Lodging approves your plans, a plan approval letter will be sent to you. Be sure to obtain appropriate certifications from other applicable agencies prior to opening day for your business.

Step 5 Written Plan Approval and Certification from Applicable Agencies

An inspector will conduct a pre-operational inspection and license your business.

The Annual License Fee Schedule will help you determine the annual license fees for your business.

Step 6: Pre-operational Inspection Prior to License Approval and Operation

By following these steps and utilizing the available resources, you can launch the food business you have been dreaming of.

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