Remodeling may include the construction, alteration or installation of new equipment, modification of existing equipment or fixtures, changes in floor plan layout, extensive changes of surface finishes or lighting, addition of new food processes, expansion to new space, or significant changes to the use of space or equipment.
Remodeling does not generally include minor repairs of surfaces, “like-for-like” equipment exchanges, minor repair of equipment or infrastructure, routine service or maintenance.
While the addition of counter top “plug-in” equipment with no significant alteration of food handling processes that does not need installation or modification of existing fixtures is not considered a remodel, such equipment must meet commercial sanitation standards. Contact Food Establishment Plan Review at (702) 759-1258 if you are unsure of the equipment, prior to purchase.
A “like-for-like” equipment change is the replacement of equipment for similar equipment in design, function, use and maintenance, whether or not from the same manufacturer, that requires no additional alteration or modification of existing finishes or fixtures to install and occupies the same or similar footprint of the replaced equipment.
“Like-for-like” could also encompass the minor replacement or repair of surface finishes or lighting fixtures for surface finishes or lighting fixtures similar in design, function, use and maintenance, whether or not from the same manufacturer.
“Like-for-like” equipment must meet the following criteria:
- The new equipment replaces an existing piece of equipment;
- The new equipment is third-party sanitation certified to the same standard as the replaced equipment. Although formal plan review application may not be required, equipment specifications may be required to show proof of certification – contact Food Establishment Plan Review for details.
- The installation, such as hooking up gas or water lines, of the new equipment is simple and similar to the replaced equipment;
- The new equipment occupies a similar footprint to the replaced equipment; particularly for in-counter and under-ventilation installations (“roll-in” / “plug-in” type equipment footprint need not match the replaced equipment, provided space exists for adequate, safe & complaint placement).
Any addition or installation of equipment, fixtures, or finishes that requires evaluation to determine proper installation will require plan review.
A submittal to the health district for a major remodel will be required whenever a proposed remodel requires a permit from the Building Authority having jurisdiction. Fees charged for a major remodel depend on the permit type and are based on the seating, drive up windows, or square footage of the facility. Contact Food Establishment Plan Review at (702) 759-1258 for questions on related fees and to schedule an appointment.
Under most circumstances, a food establishment will need to close to the public during major remodel work to protect food under processing and in storage. However, special circumstances may be considered for continued operation during phases of major remodeling provided that the applicant offers adequate contingency plans for food protection during the work.
A submittal for a minor remodel is required when such work requires new permanent plumbing, drainage or direct electrical connection; or installation in, or the modification of, existing structure to accommodate the new equipment; or the extensive replacement of finishes such as wall, floor or ceiling materials or lighting fixtures.
The installation of a new piece of equipment that requires cutting counters, walls, cabinets, or requires new wiring, plumbing, or ventilation is at least a minor remodel. Contact Food Establishment Plan Review at (702) 759-1258 for questions on related fees and to schedule an appointment.
Under most circumstances, minor remodel work can accomplished during off hours of a food establishment so as to not interfere with operation. If work is to be completed during operational hours, the applicant must provide adequate contingency plans for food protection during the work.
Visit the Food Establishment Plan Review Remodeling webpage for more information.
Telephone: (702) 759-0588
Updated on: June 28, 2019