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HOW TO OBTAIN A PERMIT TO PREPARE AND SELL FOOD


  • Before an operator can prepare and sell retail food in NC, a Permit for retail food service will be required. This means the operator prepares the food in some way and vends it through retail business practices directly to one consumer.  This includes restaurants, food stands, meat markets, food trucks, and subscription meal services.
  • Permits are issued by Environmental Health after a thorough review of menus, plans, and equipment considerations.  If you are in doubt whether the food service you are planning needs a Permit, please contact us
  • Home-based businesses that prepared non-potentially hazardous foods and baked goods will be referred to the NCDA
  • Packaged foods producers should review this flow chart.


NEW PLANS



Do you want to start a NEW business that prepares and sells food in Orange County?  
Complete this application and submit it to EH with the $250 plan review fee prior to beginning any construction, installation, or site preparation.  A remodel refers only to existing establishments wishing to renovate equipment (see below).  All others will be NEW permits.

  • Food Service Plan Review
  • All chain or franchise facilities must have approval from NCDHHS, Division of Environmental Health, Facility Plan Review Unit (919-707-5854) prior to construction.
  • Still not sure about a retail food business, check out this Road Map presented by Piedmont Food Processing Center.
  • Are you thinking about partnering in one of Orange County's shared-use kitchens?  Operators wanting to prepare and sell food as a caterer, or operators needing a commissary, may be interested in shared kitchen facilities.  Submit a complete application with menu and $100 plan review fee.

Ready to open that new food service establishment? Once construction, installation, and site preparation are almost finished, complete this application and consult the check list for requirements 30 days prior to openingOpening means clean, cold refrigeration, hot water, thermometers in place, equipment fully installed, ready to serve food, etc. 

Food trucks, other mobile food units, and push carts? These applications may include further plan review for new trucks and an agreement required from the commissary.  Submit a complete application with menu and $100 plan review fee.  For help with a finding a commissary, expand your search to include a shared kitchen (see below).

 

Other agencies that need to be contacted?

 BUILDING INSPECTIONS  ORANGE COUNTY  
   TOWN OF HILLSBOROUGH
   TOWN OF CARRBORO
   TOWN OF CHAPEL HILL
   TOWN OF MEBANE
 WATER UTILITY  PRIVATE WELL  
   TOWN OF HILLSBOROUGH
   TOWN OF MEBANE
   OWASA
 GREASE TRAPS AND SEWAGE  SEPTIC
   TOWN OF HILLSBOROUGH
   TOWN OF MEBANE
   OWASA
STORM WATER TOWN OF HILLSBOROUGH
  TOWN OF CARRBORO
  TOWN OF CHAPEL HILL
 SOLID WASTE COLLECTION* * PRIVATE CONTRACTOR 
   TOWN OF HILLSBOROUGH
   TOWN OF CARRBORO
   TOWN OF CHAPEL HILL
   TOWN OF MEBANE
 COMPOST* *PRIVATE CONTRACTOR 
 GREASE RECYCLE* *PRIVATE CONTRACTOR 


* Only a private contractor may be available for solid waste and special waste collection. 

Click HERE for Orange County GIS mapping to help decide which jurisdiction applies.  Search by address and use the Zoning Report link.


TRANSITIONAL



Taking over an existing establishment
or one has been closed for less than a year? Complete this application and submit it to EH a $100 plan review fee prior to assuming the ownership.  It is unlawful to operate a food establishment without a valid permit.  Do this prior to closing the original. 


 TEMPORARY FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS


Temporary food for fairs, festivals, and other public exhibitions?  Prior to the event, organizers must submit page 2 and 3 of the application.  Food vendors must submit the remaining application with menu, food source information, and a $75 fee.  Please contact us if you are in doubt whether you need to submit documentation for an exemption. 

 

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