Applying for Food Service Operation Permits

restaurantFoodservice Establishment

Facility in a fixed location that is preparing and serving food directly to the public such as restaurant, caterer, or cafeteria.

• Foodservice Plan Review Application
• Stationary Foodservice Facility/Mobile or Push Cart Unit/Caterers Application
• Foodservice Establishment Plan Review Guide
• Catering Guidelines


vanMobile and Push Carts

Pushcarts will be required to operate out of a commissary approved by the Health Department. A mobile unit is a fully equipped foodservice facility on wheels.

• Mobile Food Establishment Guidelines
• Mobile Unit Plan Review Application


eventsTemporary Events

A temporary food establishment that operates for a period of no more than 14 consecutive days in conjunction with a fair, festival, or community event.

Start Here Process for Obtaining a Temporary Food Establishment Pemit
Temporary Event Process – Slides from Informational Session
Guidelines for obtaining temp food establishment permit
• Coordinator Application for a Temporary Event



An annual permit issued for a travel trailer, family, or recreational camp, campground, camping resort or community or any other tract of land on which three or more campsites are occupied or intended for occupancy for periods of overnight or longer.

Application for a Campground Permit



fruitbushesMigrant Labor Camp

One or more structures, tents, vehicles established and used as living quarters for one or more persons who is a seasonal migrant worker engaged in agricultural or fishing activities including food processing.

Application for Migrant Labor Camp Permit



campSummer Camp

Accommodations for 12 or more persons, under eighteen years of age, who are not related by blood or marriage for more than 2 consecutive days which is used in the Commonwealth for education, recreation, religious instruction, physical education or health of persons.

Application for Summer Camp Permit


hotelTourist Establishments
Hotels, Motels, and Bed & Breakfasts

Any place offering to the public for compensation transitory lodging or sleeping accommodations, overnight or otherwise, including but not limited to facilities known as hotels, motels, travel lodges, tourist homes or hostels which consist of two or more lodging facilities. Regulations specify criteria for assuring safe food handling, approved water and sewage disposal systems, physical plant sanitation and maintenance, general housekeeping, and pest control.

Application for Hotel, Motel, and Bed & Breakfast Permit

writingonclipboardRequest for Inspections

Other organization or facilities may request a consultation or inspection. Typically, this form is used for courtesy inspections conducted for daycare centers licensed under the Virginia Department of Social Services (DSS) or residential facilities licensed by DSS or Virginia Office of Mental Health and Mental Retardation.

Request for Inspection