Food Services

Protecting our community from the transmission of disease from food. The department provides county/local licensing, inspection and education to food service operations and retail food establishments in Richland County. The Board of Health, with the help of the Food Safety Program, enforces food safety rules and laws which are set forth by the Ohio Revised Code and Ohio Administrative Code.

Licensing and Inspections

The food safety program at Richland Public Health licenses and routinely inspects food service operations, temporary and mobile food services, vending locations and retail food establishments to ensure public safety. When a health code violation is observed, education regarding the issue is provided to the operator and corrective measures are provided. Thanks to an ongoing working relationship between the Health Department’s Registered Sanitarians and the food service operators in Richland County, our community is protected against foodborne illnesses resulting from improper food preparation, handling, and storage as defined by the health code.

Food Service Documents

2021 Food License Fees

Commercial, Mobile, Vending, Temporary, Water Samples Fees

Water System Sample Request

A fillable form for requesting water sample tests

Uniform Food Safety Code

Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code Chapter 3717-1 Ohio Administrative Code

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2021 Application

2021 Application for a License to Conduct a Food Service Operation or Retail Food Establishment

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Temporary Application

Application for Temporary Food Service Operation or Retail Food Establishment

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3 Sinks to Wash Utencils

Food Safety Poster

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Cooking Temperatures

Food Safety Poster

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Wash Your Hands

Food Safety Poster


Risk Level

Food Service Operations & Retail Food Establishments (3701-21-02.3)

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Emergency Handbook

Emergency Handbook for Food Managers

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Food Safety Program

Ohio Department of Health Food Safety Information

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Food Safety

Ohio Department of Agriculture – Food Safety

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Opening a Food Business and Plan Review Application

A helpful guide for opening and operating a food business in Richland County.

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Mobile Food Service Operation

A Questions and Answers Guide for opening a Mobile Food Service Operation.

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Food Plan Review

Facility Layout and Equipment (FLES)

Every food operation must submit two complete sets of plans to Richland Public Health whenever planning construction, building remodeling, or installation of new facilities and/or equipment whether you are a new, proposed, or a currently or previously licensed operation. Additionally, since FSO and RFE licenses are not transferable, when a change of ownership is planned, no license can be issued until complete plans have been submitted, reviewed, and approved.

This guidance document is intended to assist you in preparing your plans and is based on the Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code.

Opening a Food Business

A helpful guide to opening and operating a food business in Richland County. Includes the needed “Food Business Plan Review Application”.

Person in Charge Certification Training Course

Classes to be determined for 2021.


Food Safety Course 

 Person In Charge Certification


There are no prerequisites to taking the Person in Charge Certification Course.

This course has been approved through Ohio Department of Health.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a certificate to display in your facility.

Cost for the course is $25.00

*Registrations and payment are due 1 week prior to course date.*


All materials provided to you.

This three-hour class will cover the following topics in food safety:

  • Food Sources
  • Personal Hygiene and Handwashing
  • Cross Contamination
  • Cleaning/Sanitizing of equipment and utensils
  • Proper cooking, cooling and holding of food
  • Ohio Uniform Food Code (updates)

2021 Manager Certification in Food Protection

Manager Certification in Food Protection Course & Proctored Exams

Month Type Date(s) Time Instructor
Classes to be determined for 2021.



All proctored exam registrations are $60.00 and in-person courses are $140.00.

Payment is non-refundable; we will try our best to make arrangements for another course/exam, when available.

Registrations are limited to 35 per session.

Please brings a #2 pencil and valid photo ID for the exam dates.

*If you should have any questions, please contact an RPH registered Proctor/Lecturer (419) 774-4740.

Please complete the registration form below corresponding to the type of service requested:

You may decide to take the online course yourself ($125.00) and then take the proctored exam. Click the button for directions on how to do that.

Safe Minimum Cooking Temperatures

Use this chart and a food thermometer to ensure that meat, poultry, seafood, and other cooked foods reach a safe minimum internal temperature: 

FOOD RECALLS: Periodically, the Health Department will post food recall announcements when the recall affects Richland County food items or grocery stores, is an Ohio or national recall, or involves a foodborne illness outbreak.

For food recalls that are active, we suggest the following link to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS) recall site: USDA FSIS Current Food Recall site

Questions or Comments

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