Food Facility Operating Permit

You need a food facility operating permit when:

  • You are building a new food facility.
  • You are purchasing an existing food facility (change of ownership).
  • You are opening a food facility in a building that is not currently open, or has not operated as a food facility.

Avoid possible delays!

Contact your local building department for any building, construction, and fire system requirements when you begin the food facility operating permit application process. 

Change of Ownership

New owners must contact a food inspector to determine which permitting process they need to complete.

Download the change of ownership form

Start by Contacting a Food Inspector

Contact Environmental Health & Safety to talk with one of our food inspectors. Your inspector will:

  • Determine if your facility needs a site review. See fee schedule for current fees.
  • Make recommendations to help you develop your food facility plan, if needed.
  • Determine which permitting process you need to complete.

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    After you receive the inspector's feedback, you are ready to move on to the next step.  

    The Permitting Processes

    After discussing the various aspects of your food facility, the inspector will determine which permitting process you need to complete:

    New Construction or Major Upgrades
    A plan review and construction inspection is needed before you submit your health permit application.

    Minor Upgrades
    You must work with your inspector to identify and remedy the minor upgrades needed before you submit your health permit application.

    No Upgrades Required
    No site review or plan review required; you may submit your health permit application.

    Tasting Room Permit Exemption
    Your beer or wine tasting room may apply for a health permit exemption.

    Not sure which permitting process you need to complete? Please contact your food inspector or our offices at 707-565-6565 or online.

    Contact Information

    Public Health Division
    County of Sonoma
    Business Hours
    Monday – Friday
    8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    Contact us by Phone
    Office Location
    625 5th Street
    Santa Rosa, CA 95404
    38.441823, -122.7137698

    Current Fee Schedule

    See Fee Schedule

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    Fees for Fiscal Year 2021-2022 for all Environmental Health programs

    Report a Complaint, Hazard or Nuisance

    The California Retail Food Code

    CalCode establishes uniform statewide health and sanitation standards for retail food facilities.

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    The California Dept. of Public Health monitors the water along the California coast to provide information on the safety of eating shellfish.