Food Service Establishments

What is a Food Service Establishment?

Any operation that stores, prepares, packages, serves, vends or otherwise provides food for human consumption.   Foods may be consumed at the establishment, delivered, or picked up by the consumer.   This definition applies whether or not there is a charge for the food.  

CCHD Environmental Health Division (EH) licenses, inspects, and enforces state rules for multiple food service programs, including:

  • Retail Food Establishments
  • Wholesale Food Establishments
  • Temporary Food Service Establishments
  • Mobile Food Service Establishments
  • Cottage Food Operations

What are some examples of a Food Service Establishment?

  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Food Trucks
  • Hot Dog Carts
  • Delis
  • Meat Markets
  • School and Hospital Cafeterias
  • Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens
  • Grocery Stores
  • Coffee Shops
  • Concession Stands
  • Food Sampling Services