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Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health

Guidelines for Opening a Food Premises

Interested in opening a food premises? Certain processes must be followed. Please review the guidelines below for Pre-opening Requirements, as well as special considerations for a Mobile Food Premises, or a Home Based Business.

Pre-Opening Requirements

1.  Complete the online Notification of Food Premises Opening form or print the Notification form.*

* Under the Health Protection and Promotion Act it is a requirement to notify Public Health of intention to commence a food premises. Failure to do so may result in fines.

2.  Submit completed form to Hastings Prince Edward Public Health at least 14 business days before the opening of the establishment to arrange for a pre-opening inspection with the area Public Health Inspector.

All newly constructed food premises or those undergoing significant alterations must also:

3.  Submit two sets of plans showing the layout of the food preparation areas and equipment.

Mobile Food Premises

“Mobile food premises means a trailer, cart or vehicle-mounted food premises or other itinerant food premises which is capable of being readily moved and in which food is prepared and offered for sale to the public” (O. Reg. 493/17: Food Premises).

There are some specific requirements for mobile food premises, as outlined by the province.

Home-Based Food Premises

A home-based business is permitted under the revised Health Protection and Promotion Act, provided the premises is inspected by Public Health and complies with the Food Premises Regulation. Follow the guidelines above for Pre-Opening Requirements.

Need More Information About Guidelines for Opening a Food Premises?

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