Food Services

Public health is on the menu.

NDDH regularly inspects food service establishments to assure that safe food handling procedures are followed and to check that safeguards are in place to protect food from contamination by food handlers, cross-contamination, and contamination from other sources. Click here for website resources regarding food safety, proper food preparation, recalls, and food handling during emergencies.

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There are nearly 400 food service establishments in the NDDH service area! Food service establishment inspections are conducted one to four times a year, based on classification categories set forth by the State of Connecticut. All food service establishments are permitted annually.

Connecticut Public Health Code Update:
Adopting the FDA Model Food Code and What it Means to Food Establishments

2022 FDA Model Food Code

Attention Owners/Managers of all food establishments in the twelve towns served by the Northeast District Department of Health: The adoption of the 2022 FDA Model Food Code means significant changes in requirements for all food establishments.  Learn how these changes will impact your establishment. NDDH is committed to assisting our food establishments to transition successfully to these new regulations. See our implementation packet below and check back for continuing guidance.

For Food Service Establishment Owners:

Annual Permitting Reminder

NDDH Annual permits must be renewed by December 15th annually.

Pending changes in CT State law will require all food establishments to register with
the CT Department of Public Health before receiving a permit to operate from NDDH.

Reminder – Renew by December 15th to avoid late and penalty fees.
Payments made after December 15th will incur a mandatory late fee of $90.00.
In addition, penalty fees of $12 per NDDH business day are imposed from January 2 through January 15
(to a maximum of $120.00).

You may access application forms and make payments at our office or at

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

New Reciprocal Itinerant Food Vendor Program in CT

The State recently introduced a process for reciprocal permitting of itinerant food vendors (IFV). This will allow an IFV with a reciprocal permit from one health district/department to operate in every other participating health district/department. NDDH will be participating in this program. You can find more information and Frequently Asked Questions at the State Website: Itinerant Food Vendors (

  1. An IFV is basically a food truck. The reciprocal agreement does not apply to any other types of transitory food service such as pushcarts, booths at fairs or events, or other set-ups.
  2. The reciprocal permit does not apply to multi-day/special events such as fairs, carnivals, or festivals. IFVs will need permits from NDDH to serve food at multi-day or special events that disrupt their standard operating procedures.
  3. All IFVs will still have to comply with all local ordinances. This requirement is clearly and repeatedly stated in the Frequently Asked Questions documents that describe the new program. It is the responsibility of the IFV to see if there are any applicable local ordinances. These may include:
    • Zoning
    • Fire
    • Parking
    • Building
    • Peddler’s Permits
    • Other Town permits

Water Contamination/Interruption at Food Service Establishments

Water contamination or interruption of service can drastically impact a food service establishment’s ability to operate. Examples of water emergencies, include, but are not limited to, E. coli contamination, an interruption of water service, or an inadequate supply of water. The following documents are provided by the CT Department of Public Health Food Protection Program to assist food service operators in times of water emergencies:

General Guidance – Water Emergencies at Food Establishments

Bulk Water Hauling at Food Establishments

Interim Measures for E. coli Contamination/Water Supply Interruption at Food Establishments – This documents includes the acceptable corrective actions that must be taken with operations and associated equipment during a water emergency.

Guidelines for Reopening of Food Establishments after a Water Emergency

NDDH encourages all food service establishments to have a business continuity of operations plan (COOP) in place to address operations in times of emergency. Having a plan for service interruption is good for your business… and for the customers who count on you.