Southeastern Idaho Public Health

Food Establishments

Restaurant COVID-19 Info

Guidelines for Reopening Food Establishments

Certified Food Protection Manager

(Section 2-102.20 of the Idaho Food Code)

Beginning July 1, 2018, at least one employee that has supervisory and management responsibility and the authority to direct and control food preparation and service shall be a Certified Food Protection Manager who has shown proficiency of required information through passing a test that is part of an accredited program.

An accredited food protection manager must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have supervisory authority to direct and control food preparation activities.
  2. Have supervisory authority to correct food safety violations.
  3. Have successfully completed one of the nationally accredited food safety examinations.
  4. The certified food protection manager does not need to be present but be available.

** The State of Idaho does not endorse any one particular course.

Southeastern Idaho Public Health and the food industry share the responsibility for ensuring that our food is safe. Our Environmental Health Specialists provide the following services in the food program:
  • Permit and inspect all regulated food establishment.

  • Review plans for new and remodeled food establishments.

  • Help and answer any food related questions the public may have.

  • Investigate food complaints and take corrective action if needed.

  • Offer online training videos and a link to the Health and Welfare State Food Safety Test.

Plan Review and Permit application procedure:
  • Southeastern Idaho Public Health (SIPH) requires food establishments to receive approval of plans and specifications prior to obtaining a food license. The following establishments will be required to submit plans and specifications for approval prior to starting operations: new food establishment, remodeled establishment, or an establishment that is changing food operations (fast food to full service).

  • One full set of plans and specifications must be submitted to SIPH at a minimum of thirty (30) days before the date planned for opening (Idaho Food Code 8-302.11). Mobile food units must also comply with this requirement. Mobile food units that can establish that they were licensed by another Idaho Health District are exempt since the establishment had prior approval. The applicant for a license must be the legal owner or the agent of the legal owner of the food establishment.

  • SIPH prefers both the plan review and application for a food permit be submitted and all fees paid at the same time.

Food Establishment Plan Review Application:
  • Information needed for Food Establishment License application:

  • Name and mailing address of the applicant

  • The type of food establishment planned (mobile unit, restaurant, retail store, etc.)

  • Name of the establishment

  • Mailing address and location of the establishment

  • The signatures of the individuals comprising the legal ownership or the agent of the legal owner

  • A copy of the menu

  • A copy of the establishment plans, including:

  • Floor plan

  • Plumbing schedule

  • Mechanical plans

  • Equipment list with the make and model specifications

  • Food Establishment Permit Applications

  • Processor

  • Temporary

  • Intermittent

Separate approvals:

Contact the local building, fire, plumbing and electrical department for their requirements. If alcohol beverages are to be sold, contact the Alcohol Beverage Control Bureau (Idaho Department of Law Enforcement) for approval.

A license shall be issued for a new food establishment when:
  • The required plans, specifications and information requested by SIPH have been reviewed and approved

  • The properly completed application has been submitted and license fee receipted

  • A preoperational inspection has been completed

  • A renewal application and license fee must be submitted by December 1st of each year for the forthcoming year which starts January 1st.

Food Safety Training Links & Downloads

Name Date Updated
  Part 1: Introduction July 26th, 2013
  Part 2: Holding Time & Temperatures July 26th, 2013
  Part 3: Poor Personal Hygiene July 26th, 2013
  Part 4: Inadequate Cooking & Contaminated Equipment July 26th, 2013
  Part 5: Adulterated Food July 26th, 2013
  Part 6: Review July 26th, 2013
  Idaho Food Safety Manual October 21st, 2013
  Idaho Food Code July 26th, 2013
  Safe Food Worker Handbook October 21st, 2013

Food Establishments Links & Downloads

  Idaho Food Code
  Facility Requirements
  Prospective Food Establishment Operator
  Consumer Advisory Labels
  How to Pass an Inspection

Food Establishments Applications

  Food License Application

Food Establishments Plan Review Docs

  Plan Review Application



Our Fees

Item Fee
Food Establishment $160.00
Temporary/Intermittent $35.00, $45.00, $72.00
Full Mobile w/o Commissary $72.00
Mobile Unit or Temporary with Commissary $92.00
2 or More Licenses Under Common Ownership $200.00
2nd School Inspections $107.00
Plan Review Fee $100.00
These fees are subject to change.