Environmental Health Specialists inspect places that prepare food for public consumption. This includes restaurants, school cafeterias, day-care centers, hospitals and more. We also inspect temporary food service vendors at local festivals. Check out the latest inspections of your favorite restaurant at http://healthspace.com/Clients/VDH/VDH/web.nsf/home.xsp.
If you suspect that more than one person has become ill after eating a common food, please contact your local health department. You can also log onto MyMealDetective.com to file an online foodborne illness report.
VIRGINIA FOOD REGULATIONS
Effective June 24, 2021 the Virginia Food Regulations were amended to be consistent with the current 2017 Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Code. Many of the changes simply refine and provide further clarity for our existing regulations. Significant changes are outlined in the 2021 Virginia Food Regulation Update Info Sheet.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO OPEN A NEW RESTAURANT?
All parties interested in opening new facilities, changing ownership of existing facilities, and changing names of existing facilities need to fill out a new permit application. New facilities may need to fill out a plan review form in addition to the permit application. Please see the linked documents in reference to participating in a temporary event, opening a mobile food establishment, opening a brick and mortar food establishment, getting a Food Protection Manager certification, & more!
Applications and Useful Information:
What Applications Do I Need? Food Edition!
Plan Review Application (Printed Version) (Fillable Version)
Food Permit Application (Printed Version) (Fillable Version)
Mobile Unit Sticker Procedures
Temporary Event Vendor Guidelines
Temporary Event Coordinator Application
Temporary Event Sanitation Requirements
Food Protection Manager Certifications
Food Safety Manager Certification Requirements
Hotel Operation Permit Application
Employee Health Policy Information (See pages 19 & 20 for Form 1B)
|Plain Review Applications||Food Establishment Applications||Temporary Event Applications|
|$40.00 Application Fee||$40.00 Application Fee||
$40.00 Application Fee (For first-time applicants within the
current calendar year)
If mailing a check to any of our localities, please see the following:
The check should be written to either “Central Virginia Health District” or the health department that you are sending it to. For example, if you need to send a check to the Amherst Health Department, you can write the check to “Amherst Health Department” or “Central Virginia Health District.”
Please see below in reference to the mailing addresses for each of our health departments.
Amherst Health Department P.O. Box 250 Amherst, VA 24522
Appomattox Health Department P.O. Box 355 Appomattox, VA 24523
Bedford Health Department 600 Bedford Ave. Bedford, VA 24523
Campbell Health Department P.O. Box 160 Rustburg, VA 24588
Lynchburg Health Department 307 Alleghany Ave. Lynchburg, VA 24501