The Food Service Program is responsible for the licensing and inspection of food service establishments based upon the Michigan Food Law 2000, as amended. Follow the links below to download a copy of the Food Law and Food Code.
The following are the different types of establishments local health departments are responsible for.
- License Application (for all the following types of establishments)
Fixed Food Service Establishments (FFSE)
FFSE's are more commonly known as restaurants.
Plan Review - Required Documents
If you are interested in constructing a new or remodeling an existing restaurant, you are required to follow the plan review criteria.
|Plan Review Document||Word Format||PDF Format|
A mobile food service establishment means a food service establishment operating from a vehicle, trailer, or watercraft and must return to a licensed commissary at least once every 24 hours.
Special Transitory Food Unit (STFU)
A STFU is a temporary food establishment licensed to operate throughout the state without the 14-day limits or a mobile food establishment that is not required to return to a commissary. STFU’s are required to notify each local jurisdiction if they will be operating in their county by submitting a notice of intent.
Vending Machine Location
A Vending Machine Location is a room, enclosure, space, or area where one or more vending machines are installed and operated. Where there are multiple vending machine locations in a building, each shall be licensed separately.
Temporary Food Service Establishment
A temporary food service establishment means a food service establishment, which operates at a fixed location for a temporary period of time not to exceed 2 weeks. If you are planning a temporary food event, then follow the links below to the application and checklist.
Food Service Standard Operating Procedures
- Food Service FAQs
- MDARD Food Service Licensing Details and FAQs
- Great Lakes Conference on Food Protection
- Michigan Environment Health Association (MEHA)
- National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)
- Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD)
- Michigan Cottage Foods Information