Food Establishments

The food program works to protect public health and prevent disease by ensuring food safety and promoting sanitations within food establishments.  The food program is responsible for plan review, permitting, inspections, education, and complaint investigations of food establishments.  

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  1. Online Application Submittal

To submit an application, complete the restaurant plan review application below and submit upon completion.  Once your application has been received, office personnel will be in contact to confirm receipt of your application and to discuss payment options. 

Restaurant Plan Review Application

When submitting your food establishment application, the following must be included: 

  • Proposed Menu HACCP Plan (if required) 
  • One set of plans, drawn to scale (recommended 1/4 inch scale) 
  • Standard Operating Procedures (Cleaning and Sanitizing, Training, Pest Control, Operational Procedures) 
  • Employee storage areas 
  • Equipment Plan and schedule showing locations of equipment
  • Electric plan and or lighting plan Interior room finish schedule 
  • Kitchen exhaust ventilation plans
  • Hand sink and toilet facilities with soap and towel provisions 
  • Ware-washing facilities and food preparation sinks 
  • Restroom/toilet facilities Storage rooms/areas for food Service Sink/cleaning facilities 
  • Chemical storage area 
  • Plumbing Plans

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SERVICES PLAN REVIEW FEES

  • Food Service Establishment Plans (Restaurant/Food Stand/Meat Market) $225.00

Restaurant Plan Review Application

  1. Printable Applications

An application and a full set of plans of the facility must be provided at submittal. Once plans are reviewed and approved, a letter is sent to the applicant.  Once construction is complete and the applicant has obtained all building department, zoning, and fire approvals, a pre-permitting inspection is conducted. If the facility has been constructed in compliance with the approved plans and state and local regulations, the applicant will then be eligible to obtain a food service permit. 

Download the printable application below.  Applications can be submitted at Richmond County Health Department at 127 Caroline Street. 

Food Establishment Application

Guidance For Opening a Food Establishment

Dry Storage Calculator

Refrigerator Calculator

Hotwater Calculator

  1. Mobile Food Units and Pushcarts

Mobile Food Units and Pushcarts are self-contained mobile kitchens that can be pushed or pulled and used to store, prepare, or serve individual portions of food to customers. Mobile food and pushcart units must operate from a licensed restaurant or commissary. An application and a full set of plans of the facility must be provided at submittal.   Online Once plans are reviewed and approved, a letter is sent to the applicant. If the Mobile Food Unit or pushcart has been constructed in compliance with the approved plans and state and local regulations, the applicant will then be eligible to obtain a food service permit.   

The application can be submitted online or download the printable form.  Once the online application has been received, office personnel will be in contact to confirm receipt of your application and to discuss payment options.

Mobile Food/ Pushcart Application Online Submittal

Mobile Food/Pushcart Application Printable

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SERVICES PLAN REVIEW FEES

  • All Other Applications for Plan Review (not sited on schedule) $100.00
  1. Temporary Food Establishment

Temporary food service permits are issued for events that are a maximum of fifteen days duration. Inspections are conducted during the event to ensure compliance with all applicable rules and regulations.      

The application can be submitted online or download the printable form.  Once the online application has been received, office personnel will be in contact to confirm receipt of your application and to discuss payment options.

Event Coordinator Application Online Submittal

Temporary Event Establishment For Profit Online Submittal 

Temporary Event Establishment Nonprofit Online Submittal

Temporary Event Exempt Food Sales Online Submittal

Temporary Event For Profit Application Printable

Temporary Event Exempt Application Printable

Temporary Food Establishment FAQ's

  1. Limited Food Service Establishments

Limited Food Service Establishments (LFSE) are concession stands that prepare and serve food at an amateur athletic event. Permits for limited food service establishments can only be issued to Political subdivisions of the state, establishments operated by volunteers that prepare or serve food at an amateur athletic event, or an establishment that is exempt from federal income tax under 501(c) (3) or 501(c) (4) sections of the Internal Revenue Code.


ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SERVICES PLAN REVIEW FEES

  • Limited Foodservice Establishments Plans $75.00

  1. Golden A Award

Golden A is an award given by Richmond County Health Department to Food Establishments that have demonstrated excellent food safety practices.  This award is given annually and is based on the prior year’s inspection history.  Each award winner will receive a certificate to be displayed within the establishment.  The 2019 winners are:

  1. Food Establishment Documents
  1. Resources