Commissioner Adam H. Putnam

Florida Agriculture: 500 Years in the Making

Business Registration, Certification, Licensing, Permitting

County Fair Permitting


The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is responsible for issuing annual permits to fair associations that are organized under Chapter 616, F.S. The purpose of these organizations is to produce an annual fair and/or exposition for the benefit and development of the educational, agricultural, horticultural, livestock, charitable, historical, civic, cultural, scientific, and other resources of the geographical area the fair or exposition represents and serves. Associations must provide all information required by the Chapter with their annual application for permit. Fair associations are required to promote the agricultural and artistic output of their geographical area by displaying exhibits in a wide variety of categories, including livestock, poultry, fruits and vegetables, field crops, arts and crafts, photography and numerous others. Applications are to be submitted three months in advance of their event. New fair associations must submit their proposed charter to FDACS for its review and approval. Subsequent changes to the charter also require FDACS review and approval.

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Division of Marketing and Development
Bureau of State Farmers' Markets
The Mayo Building
407 South Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0800

Carl Penn
(850) 617-7380
(850) 617-7381 Fax

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