Licensing & Inspecting Food Facilities
The Licensed Establishment Inspection Program inspects food facilities to insure food safety. We do this by:
- observing preparation and storage procedures;
- monitoring food temperatures;
- looking for potential sources of cross-contamination;
- observing hygienic practices of employees;
- reviewing the general sanitation and maintenance of the establishment; and
- educating food staff and managers during inspections and scheduled training sessions.
A food facility is an operation that stores, prepares, packages, serves, vends, or otherwise provides food for human consumption in a mobile, stationary, temporary, semi-permanent or permanent facility or location; where consumption is on or off the premises and regardless of whether there is a charge for the food.
Permits or licenses are needed to sell food at special events. Use this application for fundraisers that includes food or for operating a temporary food establishment.
If you plan to open a new food service establishment in Lewis and Clark County (restaurant, catering facility, bakery, deli, coffee shop, bar, meat market, grocery store, or convenience store, for example) you must submit a plan review application, plans, menu, and other items listed in the checklist below. Contact Laurel Riek for further information, 406-447-8361 or lriek(at)co.lewis-clark.mt.us
Mobile Food Units
Mobile food units include pushcarts, semi-permanent buildings, or other vehicle-mounted food establishments designed to be readily movable.
Change of Ownership/Menu