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Food Protection

Under Utah law, operating a food-service establishment in Salt Lake County requires a food service permit from the health department. Health inspectors conduct unscheduled inspections and investigate any alleged violations in these establishments to ensure that these businesses operate in safe, hygienic conditions for the protection of the public.

Permits are not transferable; when a change of ownership occurs at a permitted facility, the new owner must apply for a new permit and pay all applicable fees.

Food establishments the health department regulates include:

  • Restaurants
  • Delis (including those within grocery stores)
  • Cafés (including those within retail stores)
  • Mobile food units (trucks, carts, and trailers
  • Cafeterias (that are open to the public)
  • Caterers
  • Concession stands
  • Convenience stores that serve food
  • Temporary food booths at events and festivals
  • Various other businesses and organizations that engage in food preparation and service

The health department does not regulate the following businesses. Please contact the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food about:

  • Grocery stores
  • Butchers
  • Bakeries
  • Other food manufacturing or processing establishments



Food Protection Bureau
Environmental Health Division
788 East Woodoak Lane (5380 South)
Murray, UT 84107-6379
385-468-3845 /