Food Service Establishments
Licensing and Inspection
The Department of Public Health and Environment licenses and inspects food service establishments. The regulations are outlined in the Washington County Food Ordinance and the Minnesota Food Code. Grocery stores, convenience stores, bakeries, meat processing, and candy-making businesses are regulated by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
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Apply for a License
- Existing Establishment & Change of Ownership
- New Establishment
- Mobile Food Units (MFU)
- Special Event
Food service establishment licenses are not transferable to person or place. A change of ownership inspection must be conducted prior to the closing date of the sale and a new license must be obtained before you begin operation of the business.
A complete set of plans must be submitted 30 days before construction begins.
Mobile Food Units and Seasonal Temporary Food Stands licensed by any agency other than Minnesota Department of Agriculture must obtain a license from Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment before operating in Washington County. If you aren’t currently licensed by another Minnesota health department contact our department before submitting an application.
A plan review application may be necessary. Contact the Department of Public Health and Environment with questions.
A Special Event food stand is a food service establishment which is used in conjunction with celebrations and special events, and which operates no more than ten days each calendar year.
Report a Concern
To report a concern or complaint about a food service establishment, go to Report a Concern and submit the information. Your report will go directly to the department for follow-up.
If you suspect that you have become ill from food, call the Public Health and Environmental Department at 651-430-6655, or go to Report a Concern. You can also report through the Minnesota Department of Health Foodborne Illness Hotline at 1-877-FOOD-ILL (1-877-366-3455).