Food Service Establishments
Individuals or corporations wanting to take over the operations of an existing food service establishment must complete a Food Service Establishment Permit Application and pay the appropriate permit fees. A pre-opening inspection must be scheduled and conducted. Approval from a representative of this office must be given prior to beginning any food service operations.
Individuals or corporations wanting to build a new establishment or remodel/renovate an existing food service establishment, must submit a Food Service Establishment Permit Application (link above), submit a set of plans for review, and pay a plan review fee prior to any construction. The Food Service Plan Requirements should be reviewed prior to designing the plans. A pre-opening inspection must be scheduled and conducted, the annual permit fees must be paid, and approval from a representative of this office must be obtained prior to beginning any food service operations.
All permit and plan review fees are based on a risk assessment to be completed by office personnel upon receipt of the application.
Mobile Food Establishments
Mobile Food Establishments (MFEs) include food trucks and food carts. A food truck is defined as a fully enclosed food service establishment that can be transported and is constructed to allow food service operations to be conducted while standing within the frame of the vehicle or trailer. A food cart is defined as a food service establishment that can be transported and is constructed to allow food service operations to be conducted by employees standing outside of the frame of the cart.
Food trucks are permitted to operate on a regular route consisting of multiple locations. Food carts are permitted to operate in a single location. Both food trucks and food carts are permitted to operate at an unlimited number of events during the calendar year (January 1st - December 31st). In order to obtain an MFE permit, you must submit a Mobile Food Establishment Permit Application
along with the applicable fees. Fees are based on a risk assessment that is conducted by our staff upon receipt of the permit application.
MFEs are generally required to use an approved commercial commissary to perform certain necessary operations. A signed Commissary Agreement
must be submitted with the completed application form.
For additional information please see our Frequently Asked Questions
Flavored Ice Establishments
Permits are required for flavored ice establishments. Each building must contain a three-compartment sink and a hand sink with hot and cold running water. There must be a fresh water tank for washing and a tank for wastewater. Wastewater CANNOT be dumped on the ground or into a storm drain.
Home Food Catering & Preparation
Utah food rules state "Food prepared in a private home may not be used or offered for human consumption in a food establishment." Therefore, catering or food processing in a private kitchen will not be permitted.