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Is it legal for a 13-year-old to open a hot dog stand for profit that is open to the public?

Paul Stephen
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According to the N.C. Department of Labor, children are not prohibited from participating in entrepreneurial efforts – be it a lawn mowing service or hot dog cart – as long as they are the owner of the venture.

A food service business would still be subject to county health department regulations, regardless of the operator’s age. Hot dog stands, pushcarts and food trucks are covered in The North Carolina Rules Governing the Food Protection and Sanitation of Food Establishments, available online here: http://ehs.ncpublichealth.com/docs/rules/2600-RuleBookFINAL-7-23-12..pdf


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