ATTENTION: Only fully completed applications will be accepted for processing. If assistance is needed, you may contact your assigned inspector to arrange an appointment.
All applicants are advised to review the following list of agencies that need to be contacted when opening a new food service facility:
Complete Food Service Application Packet (Required)
This packet must be completed and submitted by all applicants who wish to operate a new food service establishment or if there is a change of ownership to an existing food service establishment. For projects involving structural modifications, a completed food service application packet is required unless prior approval has been obtained from the health authority.
The packet consists of the following three documents:
- Food Service Ownership and Billing Information
This section of the packet must be completed and submitted by the food service owner or their authorized agent to operate a new food service establishment or to change the name of an existing establishment.
- Food Preparation Review
This section of the packet must be completed by a person who has knowledge of how food will be prepared and served in the establishment.
- Construction Review
This section of the packet must be completed by new food service permit applicants and by operations undergoing structural modifications affecting food service areas.
Note: All new food service permit applicants must fully complete a Verification of Residency for Public Benefits Application before a permit can be issued.
Temp Food Service Organizer Application
To be completed by the organizer/coordinator of a temporary food service event operated in Cobb/Douglas County, except for events 120 hours or less that are sponsored by municipalities/non-profit organizations.
Temporary Food Service Vendor Application
To be completed by a vendor applying for food service permit at a temporary food service event operated in Cobb/Douglas County, except for events 120 hours or less that are sponsored by municipalities/non-profit organizations.
Non-Profit Temporary Food Service Organizer Application
To be completed by organizers/coordinators of temporary food service events sponsored by a municipality or by an organization recognized by the IRS as a nonprofit organization.
Non-Profit Temporary Food Service Vendor Application for Permit
To be completed by the operator of a temporary food booth participating in a temporary food event that is sponsored by a municipality or by an organization recognized by the IRS as a non-profit organization when the event is 120 hours or less.
Non-Profit Sponsored Temporary Food Service Checklist
Ensure that you follow these requirements when serving food in a booth (non-profits only).
Additionally, all new mobile and extended food service permit applicants must fully complete a Verification of Residency for Public Benefits Application before a permit can be issued.Mobile Food Truck Event Organizer’s Application To be completed by the food truck event organizer at least 10 days prior to the scheduled event. Mobile Unit Route Listing Mobile food unit operators must notify the Health Authority of the locations in which they will operate. Any change in the locations listed must be submitted to the local Health Authority at least 7 days prior to changing the location. Prior to a change in location, the mobile food unit operator must ensure authorization has been granted from the local City/County government office (e.g. Zoning). Fire Department Guidance for Mobile Food Units Addresses safety concerns with gas-fired appliances, ventilation, electrical wiring and appliances, and general mobile food unit conditions. Approved Mobile Food Truck Events for Cobb County (Updated April 17, 2019) This is a list of Food Truck Events that have completed registration with Cobb & Douglas Public Health. If you are planning to participate in a Food Truck Event that is not included on this list, please call our office at 770-435-7815 to confirm its registration status. Permitted Food Trucks List (Updated June 17, 2020) This is a list of food trucks that currently hold valid operational permits in Cobb County. Since new food trucks may be permitted before the next time this online list is updated, please contact our office at 770-435-7815 to verify the permit status of any food trucks that are not included on this list.
Under certain conditions, the Georgia Department of Public Health may grant a variance or waiver from the state’s Rules and Regulations for Food Service.
DPH Process for Considering Variance and Waiver Requests from Georgia’s Food Service Rules and Regulations
This document provides an overview of the variance and waiver process and offers guidance for completing the associated application.
Variance Request Form
This is the application that must be completed to begin the process of seeking a variance or waiver from the Rules and Regulations for Food Service, Chapter 511-6-1.
Application for a Permit to Modify a Food Service Establishment
To be completed at least 14 business days prior to initiating a modification or remodel of an existing food service establishment. Approval must be obtained from the Center for Environmental Health before construction may begin.
For your convenience, we have outlined the minimum basic requirements for opening a restaurant, but please note these do not replace the requirements outlined in Chapter 511-6-1. Potential or current restaurant owners are responsible for all of the requirements outlined in this mandate.
These are examples of drawings and an equipment schedule so you understand what the Center for Environmental Health needs to begin reviewing your plans.
Additionally, all new food service permit applicants must fully complete a Verification of Residency for Public Benefits Application before a permit can be issued.
The best way to prepare your establishment for an inspection is to eliminate all foodborne illness risk factors. The following reference guide can help you prepare your establishment for an inspection under the Georgia Food Code: