Restaurant and hospitality services are especially susceptible to legal liability. Restaurants are unique in this respect because they serve a significant number of customers and have a number of employees performing physical activities on a daily basis. This means restaurants are subject to more injuries and property damage resulting in more legal liabilities. There are four areas where restaurants can face legal obstacles:

Licensing and Permits

You will need to obtain a variety of licenses and permits to operate a restaurant:

  • Permit for handling food
  • Liquor license
  • Permit from fire or police department for crowd control
  • Building permits for exits


In case of property damage, it will be important to get property coverage insurance. For potential accidents to customers, you will need to look into getting a general liability policy.


If you are running a franchise, make sure to check with the franchise contract for any restrictions.


Hiring and keeping employees will involve abiding by certain employment laws and requirements. Common issues associated with employees include:

  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Discrimination and sexual harassment in workplace.
  • Privacy laws when undertaking pre-employment inquiries.

Getting Legal Help

A business lawyers can provide comprehensive legal service in order to keep your restaurant protected and operating. From transactional issues noted above to complex litigation matters, a Food Safety defense lawyer can guide you toward the most cost effective decision for the business.