The cost to sell food at a public event in Erie County is going up. The Erie County Health Department increased licensing fees this year because of a major cut in state funding.
For retail food establishments, the licensing cost is anywhere from $100 to $600 depending on the size of the floor area. For mobile food establishments, it’s now $100 per vehicle or cart. The costs are higher for those businesses that also sell drinks.
Breanna Adams, of the Erie County Department of Health, says, “Our act 12 funding was cut by 65 percent so we took an overall look at our revenue sources, one of those being license fees, and we did make increases to fees across the board.”
Officials tell us the fees are now more comparable to other health departments across the state. This is the first time in several years Erie County is increasing the cost of licenses.