Vending Machine Operations

A “vending machine” means a self-service device that automatically dispenses on the insertion of currency, tokens or similar means a predetermined unit serving of food, either in bulk or in package, without having to be replenished after each use.

A “vending machine location” means an area or room where one or more vending machines are installed and operated, except that if the machines within an area are separated by more than one hundred and fifty feet, each area separated by that distance constitutes a separate vending machine location.

Ohio Law requires each vending machine location to have a Food Service Operation License. Prior to opening a vending machine at a vending machine location you must submit an Application for a License to Conduct a Vending Machine Location.

NOTE: The following vending machine location is exempt from licensure where the only foods dispensed are foods from one or both of the following categories:

  • Prepackaged foods that are not potentially hazardous;
  • Nuts, panned or wrapped bulk chewing gum, or panned or wrapped bulk candies.