The Food Safety Program inspects food service operations, food vending machines, mobile food operations, and food establishments. Schools, daycare centers, restaurants, and hospitals are just a few of the areas inspected on a regular basis by this division.
Things we do:
- License all food service operations and food establishments
- Inspect food establishments and food services operations
- Approve plans for all new and renovated food-related facilities
- Investigate foodborne illnesses and reports of contaminated food
- Investigate customer complaints
- Procure and analyzes water samples from food establishments/food service operations with privately owned wells
- Make in-service presentations
- Investigate reports of food related violations
- Inspect vending machines that dispense food products
If you need information about a change of ownership inspection, or have any questions or concerns regarding food service operations, please contact the Environmental Health Division at
or by calling 740-392-2200. Ext. 2222.
A Food Service License is issued to a location or area where food is prepared and served in individual portions. Examples include restaurants, cafeterias, and schools.
A Retail Food Establishment License is issued to a facility that sells prepackaged food items, or sells multiple servings of food products. Examples include grocery stores, gas stations, and most pizza shops.
Temporary Food License is issued to a facility that is operated at an event for no more than five consecutive days.
Mobile Food License is issued to a moveable structure which must change locations at least once every 40 (forty) days.
Vending Machine License is required if you sell food that requires temperature control (frozen, refrigerated, or hot food). A license is also required if the food is dispensed in an open container or cup, such as coffee, soda, soup, or hot chocolate.
Forms and Resources
Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code
Ohio Food Safety Code
Application for Temporary Food Permit
Application for Facility Layout and Equipment Review
Facility and Equipment Guidelines for Food Service/Food Establishment Facilities
Guidelines During a Boil Advisory or Water Interruption
Facility Plan Review for Temporary Food Service/Food Establishment
Food Safety Guidelines at Temporary Events
Food Safety Posters (8 different posters, print one or all)
Consumer Advisory Requirements
Employee Illness Reporting Requirements
Choking Poster – Color Version - B/W Version
Food Safety Classes
The Knox County Health Department provides a mandatory one-day food safety class for food service workers with little or no food service experience. The classes are held three times a year and also offered on an as needed basis in the health department conference room.
Classes are free. Pre-registration is required. Click here for more information and registration form.
A three-day "Certification in Food Protection" (ServSafe) course is also available to food service managers. The Ser-Safe program is offered three times a year. Class fee is $175 per person which includes the textbook and handouts. Click here for more information and registration form.