The Environmental Health Division:
- inspects and licenses food vendors, including mobile, vending, and temporary vendors.
- investigates complaints and food-borne illness outbreaks.
- reviews/approves new food service facility layout plans.
- enforces the Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code in all City restaurants and retail establishments.
Ohio Food Safety Code
In Ohio, Cottage Foods are defined by law and may be sold at a food service operation, retail food establishment, political subdivision of the State festival, and out of the home of where it is produced, with proper labels. The Health Department encourages anyone wishing to sell foods on this list to call (330) 742-8283, in advance.
New Facility Requirements/Plan Review
For new construction and significant renovation work, a plan review packet (see link below) must be submitted to the Environmental Health Division before a food service license can be issued.
Mobile Food Operation/Establishment License
Ohio law requires that every person, which intends to prepare, serve or sell food from a movable vehicle, portable structure or watercraft that routinely changes location, obtain a mobile food license (see application below). Ohio law also requires that every mobile food operation comply with the applicable sections of the Ohio Administrative Code (O.A.C. 3717-1).
Temporary Food Service License
Ohio law requires a license (see application below) for any food service operation that operates at an event for no more than five consecutive days, and serves and/or prepares food for a charge or donation. You are limited to ten temporary food service licenses per licensing period (March 1 – February 28). Operations that have a valid mobile license from any Ohio local health department do not have to obtain a temporary license.
NOTE: All applications must be received 10 day prior to the event and may be approved or denied based on inspection.
For more information, contact the Environmental Health Division: