Food Service Licensing & Inspection
ZMCHD is responsible for licensing and inspection of food service operations and retail food establishments. Public health sanitarians help maintain sanitary standards by inspecting restaurants and businesses for cleanliness and proper food handling. The State of Ohio requires a minimum of one to four inspections per year (depending on type of license) to prevent food-borne illnesses and unsanitary conditions.
We also investigate foodborne illness complaints from the public and provide food safety education workshops for food operators and food employees.
Food Service Fees
License fees range from $67.50 to $520.00 depending on risk level (1-4), commercial or non-commercial, and if the establishment is less than or greater than 25,000 square feet in size.
Temporary Food Services and Retail Food Establishments
Temporary food services and retail food establishments are not held to the same equipment standards as restaurants. However, depending on the menu, the equipment you provide must afford proper food temperature and storage control as easy as a cooler packed with ice to an electric cooler. A method to wash your hands must also be provided.
Ohio law requires a food service license for anyone who prepares or serves meals or portions of a meal for a charge or required donation. This includes hot or cold sandwiches, pizza, sloppy joes, etc., but generally does not include operations serving only soft drinks, popcorn, candy bars, snacks, etc. Call us for details.
License fees are $50.00 per event for commercial operations and $25.00 for non-profit organizations. The license is valid for up to five days.
Tool Kit for Food Safety
Food Handler & Food Manager
Certifications Are Now Available Online
State Food Safety Employee Online Course (Level One)
City of Zanesville: Email Adam Dickerson, RS or call 454-9741 extension 236.
Muskingum County: Email Jason Tilton, RS or call 454-9741 extension 291.
Brochures are also available at the Health Department on Temporary Food Services and on Plan Approval Requirements to build and license a restaurant.
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