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. Food Establishment Permits

 

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.                                                                        

  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. 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.   

  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.              

  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.


  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
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