Preventing Illness and Promoting Wellness for Communities in Eastern Connecticut

  • Andover
  • Ashford
  • Bolton
  • Chaplin
  • Columbia
  • Coventry
  • Mansfield
  • Scotland
  • Tolland
  • Willington

Food Service




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.  


Food Service Establishments

Plan Review and Licensing Process


What is required:

1. A Food Service Plan Review Application is required whenever a food service establishment is constructed or remodeled and whenever an existing structure is converted to use as a food service establishment.

2. A Food Service License Application is required for any new food service establishment and whenever there is an ownership transfer at an existing licensed food service establishment.

The plan review and licensing 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.

Please review the EHHD Sanitary Code, Section 4 and CFPM Requirements for additional information.



    • Detailed Floor Plans
    • Proposed Menu (Including any seasonal, off-site, banquet menus and planned special events)
    • Equipment schedule
    • Manufacturer Specification Sheets
    • Site plan
    • Health Code Agreement Checklist
    • Food Service Establishment Water System Registration Form (CT DPH form)
    • CFPM Training Certificate (for class  2, 3 and 4 Establishments only)
    • Surface finish schedule
    • Plumbing connection requirements checklist

  • When you are ready for a pre-operational inspection, apply online for the Food Service License at
  • Pay License Fee (online or deliver check to main office)
  • A pre-opening inspection will be performed by EHHD. 
  • When all outstanding issues are addressed to the satisfaction of EHHD, the Food Service License will be issued and the facility will be approved to open.

*Support documents and payments may be uploaded with the application or delivered to the main office at 4 South Eagleville Road, Mansfield, CT 06268


Review of the Plan Review Application will begin after payment and supporting documents are received.  Provide 10 working days after submission for the initial review.  


Upon completion of the review, EHHD will generate a review memo detailing any deficiencies in the plan or conditions of approval.  Revisions to the plan or additional information may be required for approval. 

A pre-operational inspection, with all equipment in place and on line, will be performed by EHHD.  All deficiencies shall be addressed before the pre-opening inspections.

The new establishment will require an approved sewage disposal system design or access to public sewers. 

The water supply to the new establishment must be from a source approved by the CT Department of Public Health (DPH) Drinking Water Section.  If a new well is proposed, the well site also requires DPH approval.

When all outstanding issues are addressed to the satisfaction of EHHD, the Food Service License will be issued and the facility will be approved to open.

NOTE: The issuance of a food service establishment license does not permit you to operate this business without the approval of other state and local government agencies and officials where applicable.  Please contact your local building, zoning and fire marshal’s office to inquire about their requirements.


The Eastern Highlands Health District Sanitary Code Section - 4.3.a, states “In the case of transfer of ownership of an existing food service establishment to a new owner, the new owner shall submit an application for a license on forms provided by the District.  The establishment shall be brought into compliance with this “Sanitary Code” and the Connecticut Public Health code by correcting all violations before a license to operate can be issued.  “The license is not transferable.”

1. Complete the Food Service Establishment Ownership Transfer Application*  at
2. Pay the application fee (online or deliver check to main office) 
Note: if this is not a “turn-key” change of ownership, additional plan review fees will be assessed.
3. Provide the following support documents:
o Proposed Menu (Including any seasonal, off-site, banquet menus and planned special events)
o Health Code Agreement Checklist
o Food Service Establishment Water System Registration Form (CT DPH form)
o CFPM Training Certificate (for class 2, 3 and 4 Establishments only)
4. Complete the Food Service License application
5. Pay the License fee (online or deliver check to main office)
6. A pre-opening inspection will be performed by EHHD.  
7. When all outstanding issues are addressed to the satisfaction of EHHD, the Food Service License will be issued and the facility will be approved to open.



              FORMS                                                                      REFERENCE  INFORMATION


 FSE License Application  EHHD Food Service Fee Schedule
FSE Plan Review Application
EHHD Sanitary Code, Section 4
Health Code Agreement Checklist
Guidelines for Classifying FSEs
CDPDH-FSE Public Water System Screening Form CFPM requirements for Class 2, 3 and 4
FSE Ownership Transfer Screening Form CT Public Health Code Section 19-13- b42
 FSE Ownership Transfer Screening Form  FSE Ownership Transfer ScreeningForm Instructions
 CFPM Replacement Notification
Alternate QFO - Alternate Person in Charge Demonstrated Knowledge Statement  



Approved testing organizations and Tests for Certified Food Protection Manager (formerly know as Qualified Food Operator)

Connecticut Restaurant Association Servsafe Manager 2023 Class Schedule

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. 

Exceptions are:

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 (Apply Online) 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 (Apply Online) and temporary food event (TFE) guidelines

Additional Information for Temporary Food Service Events & Farmers' Markets

Changes to Farmers Market Food Vendor Licensing Requirements; May 3, 2023

DPH Compliance Guide for Temporary Foodservice Events  

Food Service (Individual Portions), Sampling and Cooking Demonstrations

Base of Operation Declaration Form  

Sample Handwashing Station for temporary food event

Sketch of Temporary Food Event Setup


Food Recalls


THE FDA MODEL FOOD CODES ARE COMING - The Food Protection Program at EHHD realizes that this will be a transition for you and for us as we learn the new requirements.  We understand that changes of this magnitude can generate many questions and is never easy. We are however committed to working with you throughout the transition process as we collectively ensure the quality of your product, and the health and safety of your patrons.  In response to these new changes we have created a new webpage which will contain information from the Connecticut Department of Public Health as it becomes available, and serve as repository for new forms and documents.

Please click this link to be taken to this new page, or enter WWW.EHHD.ORG/FDACODES into the address bar on your browser.