Food Protection Program

Food

Food Protection in Columbus and Worthington

The Food Protection Program licenses and inspects retail food businesses. These include grocery stores, restaurants, bars, delis, convenience stores, vending machines, food carts, and food sold at fairs and festivals to customers.

Inspections are completed to verify the safety of Columbus' food supply for all people who live, work or visit the Cities of Columbus and Worthington.

New Businesses

New Food Business – Complete a plan review packet and send it to our office with a payment to begin the process of getting a license

IMPORTANT SUBMISSION NOTE

  • Standard Review (can take up to 30 days) - May take up to 30 days to review once a payment and completed application are received.
  • Expedited Reviews (reviewed within 2 business days) - Requires an additional payment of $1,000 be submitted with the application and plan review fee. 

Process for Submitting Plans and Getting a License

  • Step 3Begin making changes to your facility to match your approved plans. Get all permits and use approved contractors for permitted work.
  • Step 4- Contact us at least three business days before you want to open. Before opening you’ll need to complete an application for a license and pass a final inspection.  

License Fees

 

Mobile and Temporary Food Licenses

Mobile Food Operations – Requirements for a License

 

 Temporary Food Licenses – Applications & Requirements

  • Submission Deadline - Submit application at least 5 days before opening date – no exceptions
  • Licenses per Year - Maximum of 10 licenses per year – each license cannot exceed five consecutive days.

 

Remodeling a Food Facility

Complete and submit a plan review application if you want to make changes to your licensed food facility. Please get permits if needed and use approved contractors for permitted projects.

Application - Plan Review Application (PDF, 421KB)

 

Changing Ownership

If ownership has changed you can’t sell food or beverages to customers until you get a new license. Follow these steps to get a license:

  • Step 1 - Complete a Change of Ownership Plan Review Application to tell us about your building layout, building materials, menu and food safety processes:
  • Step 2We review your plans within 30 days of receiving an application and plan review fee. If you need your plans reviewed sooner, pay an additional $1,000 and have your plans reviewed withing two business day. If you meet all requirements your plans will be approved at this time.

     

  • Step 3Begin making changes to your facility to match your approved plans. Get all permits and use approved contractors for permitted work.

     

  • Step 4- Contact us at least three business days before you want to open. Before opening you’ll need to complete an application for a license and pass a final inspection. 

 

Renew a License

  • Renewing a License - Licenses can be renewed during the month of February each year and will be valid for one year. Licenses renewed after March 1 will be assessed a 25% late penalty.

     

  • Renewing a Mobile or Seasonal License - If you have a mobile license or are a seasonal facility, please contact us to renew your license before opening. You will not be charged a late penalty as long as you renew your license before opening.

     

  • Questions?

 

Classes, Handouts and Learning Materials

Food Safety Training Courses

 

English

 

Spanish

 

Chinese

 

Somali

 

Arabic

 

 

 

 

Complaints, Illness Reporting and Inspection Results

General Food Business Complaints

 

Food-Related Illness Complaints

 If you believe that you have become ill from something you ate, we would like to know.

 

Inspection Results

Search for inspection results by name or address (Inspection Results Search)

 

Inspection Signs

Color-coded signs posted in licensed food facilities aim to provide the public health and safety statuses for the businesses they visit. The sign color is based on the most recent inspection of the facility.

 

  • Map –Sign color of retail food facilities in Columbus and Worthington.

 

Green Sign

Green Sign: All standard inspections have been conducted and the business has met the standards of Columbus Public Health.

 

Yellow Sign

Yellow Sign: The businesses that are in the enforcement process due to uncorrected critical violations found during follow-up inspections.

 

White Sign

White Sign: The businesses placed on an increased frequency of inspections.

 

Red Sign

Red Sign: The businesses that the Board of Health or the Health Commissionerhas ordered closed.

 

 

Inspection Types

The types of inspections(PDF, 141KB) conducted at a business vary depending on the types of food served.

 

After School and Summer Meal Programs

Request an Inspection – Email EnvironmentalHealth@Columbus.gov or call (614) 645-7005 to request an inspection.

Letter of OpinionExemption from Licensing

Non-Mandated Inspection Request Form(PDF, 193KB)

Other Info and Alerts

Food Safety Alerts and Recalls

 

Helpful City of Columbus Websites

 

Helpful State of Ohio Websites

 

Helpful Federal Websites

 

Children's Meal Beverage Requirements

Restaurants must provide healthy drinks to children with meals such as water, low-fat milk and 100% fruit juices. For more information click here Children's Meal Beverages inform

 

Childcare Centers FAQ - Food in Childcare Centers FAQ (PDF, 300KB)

 

Donating Food

For information about how you can safely donate food, please review the information below:

 

Rules, Laws and Requirements – Retail Food Businesses

Retail Food Groups & Associations