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Food Service Rules and Regulations
Food Service Applications
Standard Food Service
An application is required for owners who plan to operate a new food service establishment, has assumed new ownership of an existing food service establishment, or owns a facility that is undergoing a major renovation (structural modification to existing floor pan and equipment).
- Permitting FAQs
- New Facility Application Packet
- Change of Ownership Application Package
- Major Renovation Application Package
Mobile Food Service (Food Trucks)
Mobile food service units are required to obtain a food service permit for not only the mobile unit, but for their base of operations, as well. For additional information, please review the Frequently Asked Questions, or FAQs, below.
- Mobile Food Service FAQs
- Mobile Food Service Application Package
- Mobile Food Service Additional Counties Application
The organizer and vendors for a temporary food service event must submit this application 30 days prior to the event.
- Temporary Food Service Organizer Application
- Temporary Food Service Vendor Application
- Nonprofit Food Service Event FAQs
Pop-up Food Services
The local health authority will evaluate all permitted food service establishments that wish to participate in “pop up” food service operation to determine if all risk factors can be adequately controlled and food can be properly protected during transport, display, and service.
Georgia Department of Public Health Variance and Waiver Information and Application
Variance and Waver Requests
The Department of Public Health (DPH) upon petition may grant variances and waivers to specific rules and regulations which establish standards for facilities or entities by the department.
- Food Safety Complaint Form
- Emergency Operation Plans (EOPs)
- A food service establishment can remain open for up to two hours when there is an interruption to water service, electrical service, or natural gas. For operations to continue beyond two hours, the food service establishment must have an EOP that is approved by our department. Below are some items that should assist owner/operators to create a EOP specific to their facilities’ operations.
- Emergency Action Plan for Retail Food Establishments
- Guidance Document for Assessing Emergency Operations Plan
- Water Interruption Brochure