Food Establishment Licensing

What do I do if I want to operate a restaurant, grocery store, or other food outlet?
If you are interested in starting a food service establishment in Delta County, you should contact the Delta County Environmental Health Division, (970) 874-2165 for assistance. All food service facilities selling, serving and preparing food require a State of Colorado Retail Food Establishment License. Click here for the Application. All facilities being used for such purpose must be inspected and approved by Delta County Environmental Health prior to operation.

If the new food establishment involves any type of construction, a set of plans and specifications must be submitted to the Health Department for review and approval before construction begins. Click here for a Plan Review Application.

What do I do if I want to purchase an existing restaurant, grocery store or other food service facility?
If you are interested in purchasing an existing food service operation in Delta County, you should contact the Delta County Environmental Health Division, (970) 874-2165, for information regarding previous inspections.

You can request a change of ownership inspection which will provide detailed information outlining any changes or remodeling that may be required to bring the facility into compliance with Colorado State Retail Food Establishment Regulations. Since the Regulations have changed over the years, even a restaurant that is currently operating may not meet the current regulations. When there is a change of ownership, or any extensive remodeling, the owner will be required to bring the facility into compliance with the current Regulations.

What fees may be assessed?
The cost of the plan review is $100, due upon submission of the plans and specifications. In the event of an extensive review process, review time in excess of two hours will be billed at the hourly rate of $50 per hour.

The cost of additional services, i.e. a walk-through inspection, is charged at the rate of $50 per hour.

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