Eastern Highlands Health District regulates all food service establishments operating within the district through our food service licensing and inspection program. Any place where food is prepared and intended for individual portion service is considered a food service establishment including restaurants, cafeterias, grocery and convenience stores, coffee shops and delis. Caterers and itinerant food vendors are also regulated by the health district through our licensing and inspection program.
EHHD requires a food service establishmnent license application and a food service plan review application for all new food service establishments. The application and plan review process not only ensures compliance with the Connecticut Public Health Code, it also results in a facility that fosters safe food handling procedures, adequate sanitation and good personal hygiene practices to provide a high quality, safe product for customers.
Food Service Establishments
License Application Process and Plan Review Application Process
Alternate QFO - Alternate Person in Charge Demonstrated Knowledge Statement
QFO Replacement Notification
Catering Food Service Establishment - A business involved in the sale or distribution of food and drink prepared in bulk in one geographic location for service in individual portions at another or which involves preparation and service of food on public or private premisesnot under the ownership or control of the operator of such services. (CT Public Health Code Section 19-13-B49)
Itinerant Food Vending Establishment - A food vending business serving food or drink from any establishment or conveyance without a fixed location and with a connection to a water supply and sewage disposal system. (CT Public Health Code Section 19-13-B48)
Itinerant Food Vendor Information Form
Itinerant Food Vendor - Base of Operation Declaration Form
Temporary Food Service Events and Farmer's Markets
Per the Connecticut Public Health Code and Eastern Highlands Health District Sanitary Code, individuals and organizations serving food to the public on a temporary basis (1-14 days) are operating a Temporary Food Establishment and must apply for a Temporary Food Service License for each event. The purpose of the temporary food service license and guidelines is to help you to minimize the risk of foodborne illness from the event. By following these guidelines, you can help ensure the safety of the foods served and, in turn, protect the health of your patrons.
Pot luck Supper: A non-commercial temporary food service function in which many people fully prepare, in their homes, food items or "dishes" that are offered and available for public consumption at the function. No food preparation occurs at the function and the event must clearly publicize home prepared foods.
Bake Sale: A non-commercial temporary food service event at which only traditional bake sale food products are sold. Examples include, but are not limited to cakes, cookies and bread.
Temporary Food Service license application and temporary food event (TFE) guidelines
Farmer's Market Vendors
Farmers' Market Vendors serving food, serving samples or conducting cooking demonstrations are all regulated as Temporary Food Establishments and require a Temporary Food Service License as well. Farmers who are selling only fresh, raw, unprocessed produce at a farmers' market typically do not need a temporary food service license.
Farmers' Market Temporary Food Service license application and temporary food event (TFE) guidelines
Additional Information for Temporary Food Service Events & Farmers' Markets
DPH Compliance Guide for Temporary Foodservice Events
Food Service (Individual Portions), Sampling and Cooking Demonstrations
Base of Operation Declaration Form
Farmers Market Purchases for Food Service Establishments
Sample Handwashing Station for temporary food event