Salt Lake County Health DepartmentGeneral Information Salt Lake County, UT 385-468-4100
All food service facilities in Salt Lake County must meet health department regulations.
The following steps represent the normal sequence of events necessary to receive a permanent-facility food service permit:
Owners, contractors, or design professionals must submit plans to the health department before:
We require a minimum of 10 working days for plan review approvals. You may not begin work prior to receiving plan approval.
Our Plan Review Guidelines document (PDF coming soon; call 385-468-3845 for a copy of the guidelines) will help you develop plans that meet the food safety requirements of the Salt Lake County Health Department.
After reviewing the guidelines document, bring the following items to the Food Protection Bureau:
Some food service activities present a potential increased risk to public health and therefore require additional regulatory oversight. This includes serving uncooked foods such as sushi, activities that require a HACCP plan (such as a sous vide process or reduced-oxygen packaging), or requesting a variance to allow dogs on an outdoor dining patio.
The Food Protection Bureau will advise you at the time of application if your establishment is subject to any of these circumstances, but more information about our most common special processes is available at the following PDFs:
The Salt Lake County Health Department food sanitation regulation contains hundreds of specific requirements to help protect the public’s health.
While health inspectors look for compliance in all areas of the regulation, problems with items on the following lists are among the most common violations.
Note that these lists are not exhaustive. Establishments are required to comply with all parts of the regulation, including any items not mentioned in these quick-reference documents.
During a routine inspection, inspectors check everything on the preopening inspection list, plus ensure that: