Food service establishments are routinely inspected based upon their classification to ensure compliance with the requirements of the Connecticut Public Health Code, Section 19-13-B40 and B42 and the Central CT Health District Sanitary Code. New food service establishments must be inspected and approved prior to opening. There are 493 food service establishments in the District. In addition there are usually over 50 temporary food events each year with over 150 permitted food vendors.

Inspections focus on food protection, food handling, cleanliness, upkeep and personal hygiene practices. The term “food service establishment” includes restaurants, grocery stores, bars, taverns, schools, private clubs, itinerant vendors, seasonal and temporary operations. Food service establishments including temporary events must obtain a license from the Health District to operate. Complaints concerning the condition or operation of a food service establishment should be directed to the Sanitarian at the appropriate District office.

Inspection Forms and Documents


FDA Educational Food Safety Videos for Retail Food Establishments


Sous Vide and Sushi Rice Variance Form for submittal to CT DPH 

Notice regarding Upcoming Changes in Connecticut's Food Regulations, 8/14/17

Food Recalls--CT DPH Website links

CT Public Health Code, Food Establishments

CCHD Sanitary Code (See Chapter 2)

Food Service Establishment Guidance Packet for New Businesses (includes Food Service License Application)

Food Service Training Handbook (Revised 3/2018)  (includes training forms)

Temporary Food Service Establishment License Application

Food Establishment Operator's Guide to Food Defense (State of CT Dept. of Public Health)

NEW--Requirements for Itinerant Food Vending in District Towns

NEW BROCHURE--Qualified Food Operator (QFO) Responsibilities and Employee Tasks (includes links to online employee training classes) 
posted 6/5/13

Qualified Food Operator (QFO) Classes--Approved Testing Organizations (updated 7/18/13)

"Cooking for Groups" A Volunteers Guide to Food Safety (US Dept of Agriculture, Food Safety)