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Preparing for an Inspection
Prepare your establishment for a health department inspection under the Georgia Food Code.
Opening a Restaurant
The Center for Environmental Health requires certain documents to review your restaurant plans.
Food Service Permits and Applications
For applicants who wish to operate a new food service establishment, or if there is a change of ownership to an existing food service establishment. Applicants must also complete the required packet if the project involves structural modifications, unless prior approval has been obtained from the health authority.
The organizer and vendors for a temporary food service event must submit this application 30 days before the event.
- Temporary Food Service Establishment Application
- Temporary Food Service Event Organizer Application
- Self-Inspection Checklist for Temporary Food Facilities
- Self-Inspection Checklist for Temporary Food Facilities (Nonprofit Sponsored)
Mobile and Extended Food Service/Food Trucks
- Basic Requirements for Obtaining a Mobile Food Unit Permit
- Permit Application for Food Service Establishments and Mobile/Extended Food Service Base Operations
- Permit Application for Mobile/Extended Food Service Units
Any change in the location of a mobile unit must be submitted to the local Environmental Health Office at least 7 days prior to changing the location and must be granted from the local zoning office.
- Mobile Food Service Unit Property Use Agreement
- Georgia Food Service Mobile Unit Location Listing
- Fire Department Guidance for Mobile Food Units
- Toilet Use Agreement for Mobile Food Service Unit
Pop-up Food Services
A Pop-up Food Service operation is coordinated through a Facilitator within a building or enclosed courtyard, not to exceed 3 hours in one day. A separate permit is NOT required for “pop-up” food service operations, only a Letter of Approval issued by the Health Authority.
Georgia Department of Public Health Variance and Waiver Information and Application
Under certain conditions, the Georgia Department of Public Health may grant a variance or waiver from the state’s Rules and Regulations for Food Service.
Food Service Establishment Modification Application
To initiate a modification or remodel of an existing food service establishment, complete and submit this application at least 14 business days in advance and obtain approval from your local Environmental Health Office.
Food Service Rules and Regulations
Certified Food Safety Manager Course
District 4 offers ServSafe training certification courses to become a Food Safety Manager. Contact your local Environmental Health office for more information.
Water Safety & Boil Advisory
- CDC Standard Recommendations
- CDC Safe Water Resources
- Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene (WASH)-related Emergencies & Outbreaks
Food Service Establishments: If a water service interruption lasts longer than two hours, food service operations should stop serving food and beverages, unless it has an emergency operations plan approved by the local health department.
- Contaminated Water Supply/Water Interruption Guidance
- Steps to Take Once a Boil Water Advisory Order Has Been Lifted
- Emergency Action Plan for Retail Food Establishments
- Water Interruption Brochure
Hotels and Motels
Hotels and motels should post signs that advise guests not to drink or use water and only use commercially bottled water for drinking, food and beverage preparation, brushing teeth and bathing infants. Dispose of ice made on-site and clean and sanitize ice machines before making ice again.
Swimming pools and spas should be closed until boil advisory has been lifted.
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