Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry
Home Food Processing License is required to produce shelf stable (non-potentially hazardous) foods such as, but not limited to, cookies, brownies, gummies, candies, jams & jellies, pickles etc. in a home kitchen to be sold from the home or wholesale.
Commercial Food Processing License is required to process, or otherwise prepare and package food products for human consumption in a commercial kitchen. Potentially Hazardous Foods such as cheesecakes, cream pies, fermented foods etc. may be produced in a commercial kitchen. This license allows wholesale sales.
Retail Food Establishment License is required to sell prepackaged foods, tinctures, other goods for consumption, and foods prepared on site for sale to the consumer and intended for off-premise consumption.
Beverage Plant License is required to assemble, process, manufacture, bottle or convert into form any non-alcoholic beverage for distribution or sale.
Laws and Rules can be found at: https://www.maine.gov/dacf/qar/laws_and_rules/food_laws_rules.shtml
License applications can be found at: https://www.maine.gov/dacf/qar/permits_and_licenses/application_forms.shtml
Please call the Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry, Division of Quality Assurance & Regulations at (207) 287-3841 with any questions.
Maine Board of Pesticide Control
Pesticide Applicators License is required for growers planning to use any pesticides (including all conventional, organic or “natural” insecticides, rodenticides, weed-killers, fungicides, rooting hormones or other plant hormones).
License applications can be found at: https://www.maine.gov/dacf/php/pesticides/index.shtml
Study materials can be purchased from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Pest Management Office. Testing can be scheduled at Cooperative Extension Offices.
Most people study and pass exams on their own, but trainings are sometimes offered to assist.
Department of Health and Human Services
Retail Tobacco Sales License is required to sell tobacco products, which include, but are not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, hookah, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, snuff or snus, electronic smoking devices, and any components or accessories used in the consumption of a tobacco product, such as filters, rolling papers, pipes and liquids used in electronic smoking devices, whether or not they contain tobacco.
License application can be found at: https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/environmental-health/el/site-files/tobacco/Retail-Tobacco-Application-09212020.pdf
Maine Revenue Services
Tobacco Distributor License is required to engage in the business of producing or manufacturing tobacco products in this State for sale in this State, to engage in the business of selling tobacco products in this State when you bring, or cause to be brought, into this State tobacco products for sale to a retailer, to engage in the business of selling tobacco products by shipping or transporting tobacco products to retailers in this State or to be retailer importing, receiving or acquiring, from a person other than a licensed distributor, tobacco products for sale within the State or to make delivery sales.
Licensed Maine Tobacco Distributors are listed here: https://www.maine.gov/revenue/taxes/other-taxes/tobaco-distributors
For further information contact Maine Revenue Services, Sales, Fuel & Special Tax Division at (207)624-9609
Sales Tax Identification Number is required for most any business that has a physical presence in the State of Maine.
Apply online at: https://www5.informe.org/cgi-bin/online/suwtaxreg/index
Department of Environmental Protection
Potential Environmental Permitting Triggers which cannabis operations may trigger in the following Environmental Regulations:
- Waste - Handling, storage, treatment and disposal of cannabis waste
- Air - Drying and processing
- Water - Waste water and stormwater
- Land - Construction
Please contact your local officials to ensure you follow all local ordinances and obtain necessary permits.
Should you have general environmental regulatory questions please contact:
Julie M. Churchill
Maine DEP Small Business Ombudsman
(207) 287-7881 | Hotline: (800) 789-9802