Food Service & Alcohol Licensing
Protecting Our Food Supply
The Gloucester Health Department is charged with the responsibility of protecting the public from food-borne illness. This is accomplished through licensure and inspection of retail food stores and food service establishments, enforcement of codes, education of food handlers and investigation of food-borne illness outbreaks.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Sanitary Code 105 CMR 590 is the primary tool used to protect the food supply of the people of Gloucester. Licenses are issued for the following:
If you are considering serving food to the public, or making and providing food to a retail business, please contact the Health Department’s food inspector at 978-325-5264 to obtain a Food Service Permit. Every food service establishment with the capabilities for cooking, preparing, and serving food is required to have a Common Victualler License along with a Food Service Permit. A Food Service Permit is necessary to obtain a Common Victualler License.
Common Victualler and Liquor License Inspections