Start Up: Getting Your Restaurant Plan Approved in Florida

Starting up your own restaurant means heaps of paperwork, licenses, and reviews. One Fat Frog Restaurant Equipment can help you with the equipment-side of things, sure, but when it comes to zoning, health, and safety, that’s all in the hands of the state. Here in Florida, before any construction or remodeling can begin, the Florida Department of Business Professional Regulation (FDBPR) has to be contacted.

Courtesy of One Fat Frog Restaurant Equipment, here’s a brief look at some of the paperwork obstacle courses you’ll be running through…

The layout and all other required documents first need to be submitted to the plan review office of FDBPR. Under Florida Administrative Code, the layout and plans must be drawn to scale and include:

“All equipment identified (including handwash sink(s), warewash sink(s), food preparation sink, mop sink, stove, front-line refrigerator, walk-in cooler, etc.). Bathrooms; dining areas; wait station; finish schedules; water and sewer information.”

These completed plans must be submitted along with a completed Application for Plan Review, proof of approved water and sewer, menu, and a $150 plan review fee. Along with these items, you can also submit your license application and licensing fee.

These plans have to submitted for any new construction, remodeling of an existing establishment (if the process changes sanitation, safety, restrooms, etc.), reopening an establishment that has been closed over a year, or conversion of an existing structure for use a restaurant.

What doesn’t need to go before the review board are any cosmetic changes. Things like painting, carpeting, or replacing old equipment don’t need to be submitted for review. If you’re unsure, you can always call the Customer Contact Center at 850.487.1395 to clear things up.

After you pass your review, don’t rest yet. You’re also going to need to contact your building department, fire department, zoning department, occupational leasing office, sales tax office, and, is there’s booze involved, the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco.

Once you’re ready to start setting up the all-important kitchen, come into One Fat Frog Restaurant Equipment. We’ve got the largest selection of used and new restaurant equipment around – all at prices that won’t force you to break the bank. No matter what kind of eatery you’re running, we’ve got the equipment you need!

One Fat Frog Restaurant Equipment has got a painless financing plan with low monthly payments around $200 to $500. We work with all kinds of credit and we specialize in helping start-up restaurants open their doors! Our in-house finance manager can get you financed quickly with no hassles. Read more on our leasing program for commercial restaurant equipment at:

One Fat Frog Restaurant Equipment also welcomes quick cash deals and package deals towards the entire stock of used commercial kitchen supplies and restaurant equipment. Make us a cash offer we can’t refuse and save a ton!

Whether you purchase your equipment with cash, credit, leasing, or first born, you’ll still be treated to all of the free services One Fat Frog Restaurant Equipment is famous for – including our free delivery. No other commercial kitchen supply dealer delivers to as many locations in Florida than One Fat Frog! We deliver absolutely free to Orlando, Sanford, Lake Mary, Lakeland, Gainesville, Ocala, Miami, Melbourne, Ft. Myers, Jacksonville, Tampa, Tallahassee, etc.

One Fat Frog Restaurant Equipment also provides free gas conversion, free custom paint jobs on any piece of used commercial restaurant equipment that allows to be painted, and free custom cutting boards on all used prep tables.

Every piece of used commercial restaurant equipment sold by One Fat Frog Restaurant Equipment gets cleaned and thoroughly tested by our staff of specialized, certified in-house technicians. Everything comes with a 30 day parts and labor warranty too!

We look forward to doing some honest business with you. At least the equipment part of opening a restaurant doesn’t have to be a hurdle.

One Fat Frog Restaurant Equipment

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