Plan Review

All wholesale food operations need to be reviewed and licensed. The review process has two or three stages, depending on your product and process. The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Food and Consumer Safety Section will review your process and labels, and our office will review your facility with regard to your process. If you have a moderate, or high-risk product, you may be required to have your product assessed by a process authority. 

Wholesale Food Facility

Use this form for manufacturing or packaging foods for distribution to retailers or other businesses.


Use this application if you are licensing a storage facility for commercially packaged products.

Wholesale Production Review

This application applies to product changes at existing facilities.

Wholesale Facility Review

This application covers minor remodels and equipment changes in existing facilities.


Submit plans at least 30 days prior to the start of construction, or the intended date of opening in the case of a change of ownership or use. After plans are approved and any needed work is complete, contact our office for a licensing inspection. At that time, state license fees are due.

NOTE: Our department does not accept plans larger than 11x17. If your plans are detailed and need to be larger for readability, you may provide electronic copies or section specific drawings in addition to the 11x17 layout.

Plan Review FAQs

What Does My Facility Need to Have?

Facility requirements depend on your process and product. For more information on the review process, see our Wholesale Food GuideBasic Facility Guide, or visit the state's website. If you have questions, contact us.

Other Types of Review

None of the above applications meeting your needs? Here are some more types of review available:

Cottage Food Operations 

Registered home-based operation that sells non-temperature-controlled items to the end consumer.

Restaurants and Other Retail

"Brick and mortar" establishments, including catering kitchens.

Ice Manufacturing

Ice production, bagging, and distribution.

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