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Food Establishment Change of Permit Holder

The Southern Nevada Health District 2010 Regulations Governing the Sanitation of Food Establishments defines the Permit Holder as the entity that (A) is legally for the operation of the Food Establishment, including but not limited to the owner, the owner’s agent, or other person and (B) possesses a valid permit to operate a Food Establishment.

Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) 446.875, paragraph 5, subparagraph (a), states that “… A permit issued pursuant to this section…Is not transferable from person to person or from place to place.”

This means that once the permit holder has vacated the premises on which a permit was issued, any new business owner wishing to operate that food establishment must apply for a new permit and be granted a permit in the new permit holder’s name. It also means that the old permit holder must apply for a new permit if they wish to open the same business in a new location.

In order to assist the transition of business, the health district will allow an open and operating facility to change permit holders without interruption of business, provided:

  • An application for the new permit is submitted within 30 days of execution of the change of owner documents (deed, close of escrow, dealer’s report of sale, lease agreement, legal contract, etc.); Failure to submit the application within 30 days of execution of the change of ownership will result in assessment of additional fees.
  • The facility stays within the same general food establishment category as the previous permit;
  • The facility has not been physically altered, equipment added or removed, or menu changes that require new food handling procedures and equipment;
  • The facility has not closed for extensive renovation or other reasons. If the facility has to close, the operator must apply for a new permit.

Prospective owners are encouraged to review the records of the food establishment they are considering buying. Health district staff can also inspect prospective establishments prior to the sale with written permission from the current permit holder or property owner. A fee is charged for this service. Call (702) 759–1258 and leave a message to schedule your pre–purchase inspection.

You can apply for a Change of Permit Holder either in person or online.

In Person

  1. Schedule an appointment — Call (702) 759–1258 and leave a message to schedule an application processing meeting. Note that the office is closed from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. daily. Your call will be returned within one business day.
  2. Complete your application package and bring it to the meeting:
    1. Change of Permit Holder Application Packet — Attach all items listed in the box on the Instructions for Submission page. The application will not be processed without a “Grant Bargain Sale Deed,” lease agreement, or other legal document to prove possession of the property.
    2. Plan Review Questionnaire — For use by all food categories except warehouse, dry grocery/market, vitamin/health food store, mobile vendor, bars/liquor, ice house, bottling plants, carts. For your convenience, calculators for hot water system sizing, dry storage space, and refrigerated storage space are provided to assist in completing the Questionnaire.
  3. Schedule a permitting inspection — Your assigned inspector will call you to schedule your inspection. If you do not receive a call from your inspector within one week, please call 702-759-1258 to schedule your inspection. Note that this will be a graded inspection. Failure to achieve 10 demerits or less will result in closure of the facility with fees.
  4. A Food Safety Assessment Meeting may be requested by you, or required by your inspector prior to scheduling the permitting 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.

Online

  1. Complete your application packet and email it to FoodRev@SNHDmail.org:
    1. Change of Permit Holder Application Packet — Attach all items listed in the box on the Instructions for Submission page. The application will not be processed without a “Grant Bargain Sale Deed,” lease agreement, or other legal document to prove possession of the property.
    2. Plan Review Questionnaire — For use by all food categories except warehouse, dry grocery/market, vitamin/health food store, mobile vendor, bars/liquor, ice house, bottling plants, carts. For your convenience, calculators for hot water system sizing, dry storage space, and refrigerated storage space are provided to assist in completing the Questionnaire.
  2. Invoice Processing — Please allow up to three days to receive your invoice.Payment is due on the day you receive the invoice. Failure to pay by the end of business day will result in your application being deleted and your business subject to closure.Click here to pay your invoice.
  3. Schedule a permitting inspection — Your assigned inspector will call you to schedule your inspection. If you do not receive a call from your inspector within one week, please call 702-759-1258 to schedule your inspection. Note that this will be a graded inspection. Failure to achieve 10 demerits or less will result in closure of the facility with fees.
  4. A Food Safety Assessment Meeting may be requested by you, or required by your inspector prior to scheduling the permitting 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.

Contact Information

Phone:
(702) 759-1258

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Updated on: October 11, 2018

2018-10-11T16:23:40-07:00