The Food Facilities Design Assessment and Permitting Process
Food Establishment Definition: Any place, structure, premises, vehicle or vessel, or any part thereof, in which any food intended for ultimate human consumption is manufactured or prepared by any manner or means, or in which any food is stored, sold, offered or displayed for sale or served.
There are many types and degrees of food establishment, and each has a corresponding level of structural requirements. Structural requirements for your type of food establishment can be found here. If you are applying for a permit for a Food Establishment you must:
Schedule an appointment – Call (702) 759-1258 to schedule a design assessment meeting.
Complete your plans package, which must include the following:
Plan Review ApplicationPDF 83KB which must be signed by the owner of the establishment. A "Grant Bargain Sale Deed," lease agreement, or other legal documents will be required to prove possession of the property.
No package is required for a preliminary office meeting. (Preliminary/Advisory Plan Review, either in the office or field inspections, may be made at the request of the public – See Fee SchedulePDF 51KB)
If you are applying for a School, Child Care, or Body Art establishment, or are applying for a Remodel on any type of establishment, you must submit the following:
Complete plans showing compliance with all construction requirements
Completed Plan Review ApplicationPDF 83KB, which must be signed by the owner of the establishment. A "Grant Bargain Sale Deed," lease agreement, or other legal documents will be required to prove possession of the property.
Arrive with all necessary documentation 15 minutes prior to your appointment. Your application package will be screened for completeness prior to your appointment.
If all necessary forms are not complete, forms are not signed by the appropriate persons, or proof-of-ownership documents are not provided, the appointment will be rescheduled.
If you must cancel your appointment, you must notify the office by end of business the previous work day, or you will be charged a missed appointment fee (see Fee SchedulePDF 51KB).
Fees must be paid at the conclusion of the design assessment meeting (see the plan review section of the Fee SchedulePDF 51KB. Payment of fees does not constitute approval of plans.
If your plans are not complete, you will receive a written notice of corrections. A resubmittal fee will be charged if additional information or plans, included revised or corrected plans, are required. The notice may include information about potential issues or problems common to your type of facility.
Inform the reviewer and plan review clerk if you need a letter for a business license or the building department.
Your reviewer may contact you periodically to determine the status of your project. The reviewer will conduct a rough plumbing inspection to assure proper supply and drainage is present and will schedule a pre-permitting inspection prior to your final inspection to be sure no major compliance obstacles are present.
A Food Safety Assessment Meeting may be required prior to scheduling the final inspection. The permit holder, chef, manager and/or other persons with operational knowledge of the facility must attend this meeting. The attendee(s) must bring a current menu and completed Food Establishment Operations Questionnaire to the meeting. Failure to appear or failure to demonstrate adequate food safety knowledge will result in a missed appointment fee and will delay release of the health permit.
The applicant must initiate the request for the final permitting inspection. Requests for final permitting appointments are taken on a first-come, first-served basis only. Arrangements for final inspection should be made at least two weeks before your planned opening date.
After-hours inspections are made for emergency situations only at the discretion of management and are based on staff availability; additional fees apply. If the final inspection is not passed, a re-inspection fee must be paid prior to reinspection (see the plan review section of the Fee SchedulePDF 51KB).
The final permitting inspection is a joint inspection including the Facilities Design Assessment and Permitting Inspector and the assigned Operational Inspector, and is required prior to bringing food into the facility.