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Food Establishments


General Information

The Environmental Health Section (EHS) is responsible for safeguarding the health of Nevada residents and visitors by preventing avoidable death and disease.

    Thinking About Opening a Food Establishment?

    This is a brief overview of what is involved in opening a food establishment. This is not comprehensive and does not guarantee your establishment will be permitted. This page only highlights the steps involved for opening a food establishment. For more information please contact your local field office. See right column under "Office Locations" or "Staff."

      Its as easy as 1, 2, 3....

        STEP 1: CONTACT THE APPROPRIATE REGULATORY AGENCY

          The State of Nevada

          • Please contact us if you wish to operate a business in one of the following counties.
            • Churchill
            • Elko
            • Esmeralda
            • Eureka
            • Humboldt
            • Lander
            • Lincoln
            • Lyon
            • Mineral
            • Nye
            • Pershing
            • Storey
            • White Pine
            • SPECIFIC PROGRAMS OPERATED IN OTHER JURISDICTIONS:
            • Washoe County:
            • Bottled Water Distributors, Campuses of Higher Learning, Shellfish Distributors, Supplement Manufacturing
            • Carson City
            • Bottled Water Distributors, Shellfish Distributors
            • Clark County
            • Bottled Water Distributors, Shellfish Distributors

          County Partners: Carson City, Clark County, Washoe County

          If you wish to operate a food establishment in one of these counties you must contact them directly.

          • Carson City Health and Human Services (775) 887-2190 or 283-7576
            • City of Carson City
            • Douglas County
          • Southern Nevada District Health Department (702) 759-1110
            • Clark County
          • Washoe County District Health Department (775) 328-2434
            • Washoe County

          STEP 2: APPLY ON LINE AND SUBMIT ALL DOCUMENTATION

            New or Extensive Remodel

            It is recommended that the Plan Review Application be submitted to the department thirty days before construction or commencement/restart of operations.

            • CHECKLIST OF REQUIRED DOCUMENTS (All documents must be submitted on line)
            • Apply on-line and pay applicable fees
            • Submit, Plan Review Application Food Safety (Part A)
            • Submit, Plan Review Application Building Specifications (Part B)
            • Submit, Menu
            • Submit, Plan drawn to sale of food establishment
            • Submit, Equipment specification sheets
            • Submit, Food Manager Certifications(s)
            • Submit, Employee Illness Policy (See NAC 446.054-058)

            Change of Ownership

            If the food establishment is currently permitted, operating, and there will not be significant menu changes then the following will need to be submitted

            • CHECKLIST OF REQUIRED DOCUMENTS (All documents must be submitted on line)
            • Apply on-line and pay applicable fees
            • Submit, Plan Review Application Food Safety (Part A)
            • Submit, Copy of the menu
            • Submit, Certified Food Manager Document(s)

            STEP 3: PASS INSPECTION AND RECEIVE WRITTEN APPROVAL FOR OPERATION

            It is recommended that you call at least 10 working days before you plan to open.

              Guides and Applications

              • For Plan Review Flow Chart, Plan Review Construction Guide, Plan Review Application (Part A), Plan Review Building Specifications (Part B), See Forms (Right Column)

              Meat Processing

              As of August 18, 2015 - The Nevada Department of Agriculture became the Regulatory Authority for meat processing, custom slaughter, wholesale meat processing and/or distributing and poultry processing. Retail meat counters are not included in this group. Please contact the Animal Industry Permit Desk at the Nevada Department of Agriculture for inquires and questions. Phone: (775) 353-3718.

                Contact Us

                Environmental Health Section
                has moved to:

                727 Fairview Drive, STE. D
                Carson City. NV 89701
                Phone: (775) 687-7533
                Fax: (775) 687-7551

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                Last Updated: 12/28/2017