Posted on Jun 26, 2012 in Business & careers, Local resources, Parenting & pregnancy
I read a story today that a 6-year-old kid’s lemonade stand was shut down by cops because she didn’t have a valid permit from the state. Are they serious?!
There have been several news reports about little kids’ lemonade stands being shut down, including stories out of Riverside Park, New York in 2009, Portland, Oregon in 2010 and Bethesda, Maryland in 2011.
It is true: To operate a lemonade stand legally — even if it’s just in your front yard — you will need a permit or exemption from your local health department (and possibly a business license, too).
Of course, if you have to file a bunch of paperwork in advance and pay anywhere from $20 to over $100 for a temporary food service permit, it most likely would suck all the fun out of spending a sunny day selling lemonade for fifty cents a cup.
But it’s not just the kids peddling lemonade who have to pay up. The permit rules also apply to hot dog stands, chicken barbeque stands, chili cookoffs, cotton candy stands and even fundraising dinners. Essentially, a temporary food service establishment means “a place where food is prepared or handled and served to the public, with or without charge, and which operates at a fixed location in conjunction with a single event or celebration of not more than 14 consecutive days duration.”
New York State Department of Health has specific regulations that cover “any temporary food service that prepares or handles food and serves it to the public.”
What do the permit applications look like? Check out three here: Erie County NY, Montgomery County MD, Contra Costa County CA. You can run a search for your county name and “temporary food service” to find out about the paperwork required in your area.
You will need to not only pay a fee, but also provide proof of Workers’ Compensation Insurance, or file a form attesting that you are exempt from Workers’ Comp.
Various cities across the US have arranged permit exemptions — sometimes as part of an entrepreneurial program for kids, like this one in Indianapolis.
Still, some kids and parents will undoubtedly flout the law and open an unpermitted lemonade stand on the corner one weekend. (They might even sell cookies.) And if we see such a juicy venture, we’ll be right there to support such an entrepreneurial endeavor.
Here are some more lemonade links you might find of interest:
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