Permits + Inspections for Restaurants, Liquor + Food Trucks

Overland Park permits, inspects, and issues licenses for most types of restaurants and food vendors in the city.

If your business serves food, check the list below to see which type of permit best fits your business and learn how to apply.

Restaurant Inspections

Overland Park inspects restaurants before they open, when ownership changes, or if there is a complaint. Each restaurant receives a minimum of one unannounced routine inspection per year.

Use ePLACE, the city’s online permitting system, to look up restaurant inspection results. Or, request an inspector visit a restaurant using OPCares, the city’s online customer service system.

OPCares: Restaurant Inspection

The city does not inspect food operations at grocery stores, daycares, or schools. The Kansas Department of Agriculture inspects these facilities.

Food + Restaurant Permits

Permanent Food Service Permit

A permit is required for any food service establishment, including restaurants, caterers, delis, bakeries and more.

Apply and pay the $100 license fee online, or send or mail the fee to the community services division:
8500 Antioch
Overland Park, KS 66212

Apply on ePLACE

 

Mobile Food Service Permit

A mobile food service permit is required any mobile food service establishment operating in Overland Park, including food trucks.

Apply and pay the permit fee using ePLACE, the city’s online permitting system.

Apply on ePLACE

Temporary Food Vendor Permit

A temporary food service permit is required for temporary food service operations in Overland Park. This includes items requiring minimal on-site preparation such as hot dogs, bratwurst, or similarly-cased products.

A permit is not required if you are serving prepackaged foods, such as chips or candy bars.

If you would like to serve food that requires more on-site preparation, please call community services at 913-895-6270 to discuss your proposed menu and determine which permit is most appropriate for your event.

Application

Applications are available on ePLACE, the city’s online permitting system, two weeks before the event. You will need a copy of your health license and the special event permit number, which should be provided by the event coordinator.

After your application has been received, your permit status will remain “in review” until a food inspector inspects your booth prior to the event. After passing the inspection, your permit status will change to “issued” and you will be presented with your temporary food vendor permit. The permit is valid for the duration of the special event.

Apply on ePLACE

Rules + Restrictions for City Events

The following rules and restrictions apply to temporary food service permit applicants for City events, including the Overland Park Fall Festival and Star-Spangled Spectacular.

Rules

The City of Overland Park, its officials, employees and agents, will not be liable for injury to the applicant’s business or any loss of income or for damage to, or loss of, the goods, wares, merchandise or other property of the applicant.

The City of Overland Park has the final authority to decide whether or not any applicant’s participation in the event fosters the purposes for which the event is operated and the City of Overland Park has the final authority to decide the nature, type and distribution of the goods and services to be provided at the event.

The City of Overland Park requires a permit for outdoor food sales and a valid Overland Park food truck license for all trucks. Representatives of health and fire department will inspect the day of the event for all applicable codes.

Failure to include payment or payment stoppage is grounds for a space reservation to be revoked.

Motor vehicles are not permitted on park property, unless authorized by the City.

All sales taxes are the responsibility of the vendor.

Do not hang anything from the park trees or damage the park is any manner.

Restrictions

Vendors are only renting a space, no tents or other items are included in fee. Electrical hook up is an extra expense.

No refunds will be made for cancellations thirty days prior to the event date.

Past participation in the event does not guarantee placement at a specific location.

Vendors may use generators provided the unit does not exceed published decibel limits.

Layout and presentation of the event is based on the needs of the event as determined by the event manager.

A minimum of ten feet is required between food vendors.

Liquor Licenses

The City Clerk’s Office issues liquor licenses for organizations and events in Overland Park.

Applications and payment can be dropped off or mailed to:
City Clerks Office
8500 Santa Fe Drive
Overland Park, KS 66212

Cereal Malt Beverage License

Anyone who wants to sell cereal malt beverages or non-alcoholic malt beverages within the city limits or at special events must have a license and City Clerk approval.

There are three different applications, to be filled out depending on the applicants.

The City Clerk may require zoning and building code review and fire and police inspections before granting approval of an application.

License Fees

Fees for general retailers, a place of business selling cereal malt beverages or nonalcoholic malt beverages at retail for consumption on the licensed premises, are $100 for an annual license.
Fees for limited retailers, a place of business selling only at retail, cereal malt beverages or nonalcoholic malt beverages in original and unopened containers and not for consumption on the licensed premises, are $50 for an annual license.
Fees for temporary licenses, or special events, are $50. Applicants must provide a diagram of the special event premises and a description of security measures.

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Drinking Establishments, Private Clubs + Caterers Licenses

Businesses and organizations that serve alcoholic liquor, including catering services, drinking establishments and private clubs, must have a license from the city and the state of Kansas.

Applicants should contact the Kansas Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control prior to applying for the city license. Applicants must provide a copy of the state license to Overland Park before the city will issue a license. Overland Park’s licensing period will correspond with the state’s licensing dates.

Applicants must provide a floor plan showing where sales, serving, and consumption will happen. The City Clerk may require zoning and building code review and fire and police inspections before granting approval of an application.

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Temporary Liquor Licenses

Anyone who wants to sell liquor at a special event must have a temporary liquor license.

Permits will not span more than three days.

Applicants should contact the Kansas Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control prior to applying for the city license. Applicants must provide a temporary state permit with the city application.

Zoning review will be done before the City Council approves any temporary liquor license.

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Common Consumption Area Permit

Common consumption areas are defined indoor or outdoor areas where the possession and consumption of liquor is allowed. Anyone who wants to have liquor at such an event or location must have a common consumption area permit.

Applicants should complete the application below and return it to the City Clerk’s Office.

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