Food Safety & Permitting

Safety & Permitting

*Existing Permanent Food Establishments*

If you are an existing permanent food establishment, you may have been notified by the Hamilton County Health Department that your existing permit is no longer valid. The Fishers Health Department is honoring all existing 2020 permits issued by the Hamilton County Health Department. Additionally, the Fishers Health Department has opened up its electronic permitting process to help ease the transition of permitting. 

Questions? Contact the Fishers Health Department by email or at 317-567-5045.

Submit a copy of your existing permit to transfer to a Fishers Health Department permit. 

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Permanent Food Establishment Application

A Permanent Retail Food Establishment is an operation that stores, prepares, packages, serves, vends, or otherwise provides food for human consumption. The term includes all operations where consumption is on or off the premises, and regardless of whether there is a charge for the food. These are a few examples: a restaurant, a catering operation, a grocery store, a tavern, or a food bank. 

Questions? Contact the Fishers Health Department by email or at 317-567-5045.

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Temporary Food Permitting

A Temporary Retail Food Establishment Permit required for a food establishment that operates at a fixed location for a period of time not more than 14 consecutive days in conjunction with a single event or celebration. Temporary events may include city celebrations, fairs, and festivals.

Questions? Contact the Fishers Health Department by email or at 317-567-5045.

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Food Truck

A Food Truck Permit is required for any mobile concessions operation within City limits. These permits are valid for one calendar year and must be renewed annually. 

Questions? Contact the Fishers Health Department by email or at 317-567-5045.

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Farmers’ Markets, Not for Profit, & Home-Based Vendors

  • All farmers’ market vendors, not-for-profits, and home-based vendors need to register here with the Fishers Health Department 
  • Apply for a temporary permit (good for an entire season at one location), if you are a vendor sampling, preparing, or serving foods *Certified Food Handler requirements may apply*
  • No permit is required for a food vendor who is 
    • Offering only whole, uncut fresh fruits and vegetables 
    • Offering only prepackaged foods from an approved source that are not potentially hazardous
    • A Home-Based Vendor operating under Indiana Code 16-42-5-29


Produce farms that are covered under the FSMA Produce Safety Rule are required to register with the Indiana State Department of Health by filling out the Registration Form for Produce Farms and send it to the address at the top of the form.

Temporary events may include city celebrations, fairs, farmers markets, and festivals.  

Fee Schedule

In accordance with chapter 170 of the City of Fishers Code of Ordinances

Item Fee
Plan review $150
Retail food market establishment (size dependent) $100 - $300 
Retail food establishment (employee dependent)  $200-$400 
Farmer’s Market  $0 - $5 
Micro-Market (machine dependent) $100-$175 
Temporary Food Service or Food Market (by time) $20 -$120
Bed and Breakfast $100 
Permit replacement $10
Processing fee $25
Violations and penalties Assessed on inspection

File a Complaint

All Fishers-based restaurants and food service locations must adhere to the guidelines of the Fishers Health Department. Individuals who wish to file a complaint or report a potential violation may submit it via this form.

What should be reported?
Complaints about an establishment
Complaints about a food product
  • Cleanliness/sanitation
  • Poor employee practices
  • Improperly cooked or handled food
  • Food that tastes bad; foreign material in food
  • Foreign material in a product
  • Chemical taste/smell
  • Tampering
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