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Food Service & Alcohol Licensing
Protecting Our Food Supply
The Gloucester Health Department is charged with the responsibility of protecting the public from food-borne illness. This is accomplished through licensure and inspection of retail food stores and food service establishments, enforcement of codes, education of food handlers and investigation of food-borne illness outbreaks.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Sanitary Code 105 CMR 590 is the primary tool used to protect the food supply of the people of Gloucester. Licenses are issued for the following:

If you are considering serving food to the public, or making and providing food to a retail business, please contact the Health Department’s food inspector at (978) 282-8021 for more information.

Liquor License Inspections
All establishments that serve alcohol in Gloucester need an annual inspection to demonstrate to the Liquor Licensing Board that the facility is operating in a sanitary manner.  The Health Department works with the Building Inspector and City Clerk offices for inspections.  Please contact the City of Gloucester's Licensing Board at (978) 325-5281 for more information.

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