What is a Residential Kitchen? A Residential Kitchen is a kitchen in a private home. Most Residential Kitchens, including those in a private home where individuals are cooking for their family or for charitable purposes, like a bake sale, do not require a permit. Certain food-based activities in Residential Kitchens require a license or permit either as a Retail Residential Kitchen or as a Wholesale Residential Kitchen. If a Retail permit is required, the Residential Kitchen must comply with certain requirements in the Retail Food Code (105 CMR 590). If a wholesale license is required, the Residential Kitchen must comply with certain requirements in the regulations for Good Manufacturing Practices (105 CMR 500).
Shrewsbury Health Department Permitting Requirements
completed food permit application (the application can be found under Resources towards the bottom of this page)
copy of Food Protection Manager certificate
copy of Food Allergen Awareness certificate
sample of label
list of food that will be prepared
$250.00 fee (check can be made payable to: Town of Shrewsbury)
any other information that the Health Agent may require
Upon receipt of the application packet, the Health Agent will review the information and will reach back out with any questions. A subsequent kitchen would take place prior to permit issuance. Once a permit has been issued, it is valid until December 31st of that year. Renewals are sent out in the fall for a January 1st effective date.