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To become a restaurant owner is a dream come true. But paperwork and licenses might not have been part of that fantasy! When all is said and done, to obtain even just one of the proper restaurant licenses and permits needed to start a restaurant can cost as much as $10,000. When you’re starting a restaurant, without a plan, that may be an expense you haven’t budgeted for!



For many just starting out, licensing leads to questions:

  • What kind of licenses do you need to open a restaurant?
  • How much money do you need to start a restaurant, especially when you factor in licenses and permits?
  • How much does it cost to obtain a restaurant license?
  • How often do I need to renew my restaurant license?
  • Do restaurant licenses vary by state?

One thing is the same no matter where you live: if you want to start a restaurant, you’ve got to get some licenses out of the way or risk penalties.

Whether you already own a restaurant, or you’re just getting into the process of opening, Upserve has released a guide that is sure to be the only resource you need when it comes to how to open with all the right licenses and permits.

What kind of licenses and permits do I need?

To open a restaurant, even before you have a restaurant business plan fully flushed out, you’ll need to obtain the proper restaurant licenses and permits. And depending on what kind of restaurant you are planning to open, that may mean something different than you thought!

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When all is said and done, to obtain even just one of the proper licenses and permits can cost as much as 10,000 dollars. Luckily, the only resource you’ll need to open your doors with the right licenses and permits is here.

Get The Guide

You’re going to need to do a bit more than a quick review of your town’s website.

And how much do restaurant licenses and permits cost?

Believe it or not, some of the restaurant licenses you’re going to need are going to cost as little as $20. And some are going to cost as much as $40,000. What’s more confusing? The process for some could take months, and others are as easy as going online and doing a Google search.

How do I open my own restaurant?

The dream of opening a restaurant always starts with delicious food. But you’ll want to start the licensing process early… with this guide!

Inside this comprehensive guide, you’ll find:restaurant licensing and permits guide cover

  • A breakdown of the restaurant licenses and permits you need to open your doors
  • An in-depth how-to for each necessary permit you’ll need
  • A review of the costs of restaurant licenses and the renewal requirements for each license or permit
  • A (funny) look at how hard it might be to get a license in your state
  • And a review of the ways you could lose your licenses after you’ve worked so hard to get them

What are you waiting for?

Download the complete guide here!

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In a perfect world, Theresa would spend her days reading good books and writing all the time... and she'd own all the shoes her heart desired. When she's not on the hunt for shoes, you can find this Rhode Island transplant on the hunt for food that comes close to "Long Island". Her favorite? Caffe Dolce Vita in Providence's historic Federal Hill.