ADVISORY: Effective May 24th, plans that have
been stamped by this office must be picked up within 10 business days following
the emailed notice of availability from this office. Plans that have not
been picked up within 10 business days will be considered abandoned and will be
destroyed/discarded. Re-stamping new plans, because they were not picked up in
this time may require payment of additional fees. Please check your email
regularly after submitting your approved plans for stamping so that you have
adequate time to arrange for their pickup and additional fees/delays are
avoided. All plans (full set) must be picked up at the same time – stamped sets
will not be split.
The Plan Review and Construction Unit works to ensure that
all retail food facilities and recreational health facilities meet minimum
health and safety standards while ensuring the functionality, flow and ease of
use for consumers and operators alike.
This is achieved through the review of plans for proposed new
construction, remodel projects, and equipment changes. Site inspections are also conducted by the
unit as a part of the Plan Check process to verify compliance with the drawn
Plan Check review and approval is required for each of the following before remodeling or construction may begin:
- Construction of any food facility, mobile food facility, or recreational health facility (e.g., pool/spa)
- Remodel or significant menu change of an existing food facility, mobile food facility, or recreational health facility
- Installation, replacement or modification of any equipment including, but not limited to, cooking equipment, preparation equipment, ventilation hoods, water heaters, floors/walls/ceilings, plumbing, sinks, etc.
- Installation of any vending machine which contains any amount of potentially hazardous foods
Plans received without payment will not be accepted or
processed into the work que. The Department of Environmental Health Plan Review
and Construction Unit conducts completeness checks of all food facility plan
check submittals. Plans missing payment, menu, or any major component will be
not be accepted. Due to the impact this can have on projects, we have developed
two retail food facility guides - the Food Facility Plan Requirements and the
Food Facility Plan Check Checklist documents to guide you in the submittal
For general inquiries or to schedule a consultation, site
assessment, or plan check inspection, call us at (408) 918-3400, Monday through
Friday between 7:30am and 5:00pm. To assist you in with technical questions, a
Plan Checker is available from 7:30am to 10:00am by phone or in person on a
first come-first served basis Monday through Friday.
No business transactions, payments, or project
submittals will be processed after 4:45pm. Transactions submitted after 4:45pm
will be processed the following business day.
Additional information regarding the plan submittal process,
fees, and minimum requirements can be found at the links below.
Please see our individual program pages for information on
permitting, inspections, and operations at Retail Food Facilities, Vending
Machines, and Recreational Health facilities.