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PH Logo Plan Review Process for Food Establishments

 

A Plan Review is required for: new food establishmentsremodeling any existing food establishments | equipment review 

New Food Establishment
Remodeling Existing Food Establishment
(More than 50% Floor Space)
Equipment Review

Food License
A food license cannot be issued to a new food establishment until the Plan Review Process has been completed. For an existing food establishment that is being remodeled, a Plan Review Process or an Equipment Review is required, but no new food license is required unless the nature of the business has changed substantially, there has been a change in ownership, or a closed establishment reopened for business.

New Food Establishment

1.  Plan Review Process
Submit the following items to Saint Paul - Ramsey County Public Health, Environmental Health Section:

  • Application for Plan Review | Application for Plan Review (pdf)
  • One complete set of building plans drawn to scale (including equipment layout, finishes, plumbing, mechanicals, electrical, ventilation, etc.)
  • Demonstrated compliance with the Smoke-Free Ordinance
  • List of all food service equipment with specifications (manufacturer and model numbers)
  • Room finish schedule
  • Menu (and HACCP plan, if required)
  • Plan Review Fee
  • Mail or Deliver to:  Saint Paul - Ramsey County Public Health, Environmental Health
    2785 White Bear Avenue, Suite 350 | Maplewood, MN 55109 

As part of the plan review process, you must also submit Building Plans and Plumbing Plans to the following two agencies:

  • Building Plans to the local building office in your area.
  • Plumbing Plans to Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry | 651.284.5005.  Plumbing plans must be approved at least 30 days prior to construction. 

2.  Plan Review Letter
Environmental Health reviews the plans for layout, food flow, equipment, ventilation and other items, and a plan review letter is sent to the owner.

3.  Site Visits
Site visits are conducted during the construction process to monitor the construction and the installation of equipment. 

4.  Final Construction Inspection
When all construction is completed and all the food equipment is installed, a final construction inspection is conducted.

5.  Licensing
If the final construction inspection by this Department was satisfactory, and the City Building Official has signed off on all the construction elements, and the approval by the Fire Marshall, then the food establishment can apply for a food establishment license | License Application (pdf)

Remodeling an Existing Food Establishment (Less than 50% Floor Space)

Plan Review Process – Remodeling an Existing Food Establishment
For an existing food establishment that is being remodeled, the plan review process is the same as above in items 1-5.  If plumbing and building structure changes will be minimal, check with the local building official and Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry to determine if a building and/or plumbing plan review is required.  No new food license is required unless the nature of the business has changed substantially, there has been a change in ownership, or a closed establishment reopened for business.

Equipment Review  

Plan Review Process – Equipment Review in an Existing Food Establishment
For an existing food establishment that is not being remodeled but is undergoing significant equipment changes, then an “Equipment Plan Review Process” will need to be conducted.  The equipment plan review process is the same as above in items 1-5.   A complete set of drawings is generally not required.  A list of all food service equipment specifications (manufacturer and model numbers) will need to be submitted along with a drawing showing the new equipment layout.  A list of all other changes (room finishes, menu, other) that will occur as a result of these equipment changes must also be submitted.   If plumbing and building structure changes will be minimal, check with the local building official and Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry to determine if a building and/or plumbing plan review is required.  No new food license is required unless the nature of the business has changed substantially, there has been a change in ownership, or a closed establishment reopened for business.

Questions or Concerns
For questions regarding which Plan Review Process to follow, please contact us.
AskEH | 651.266.1199

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