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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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Click here for forms needed to:

  • Open a restaurant
  • Renew a permit
  • Serve food to the public
  • Attend a Food Awareness Safety Training class
  • Attend a Certified Food Protection Manager class

Did you know?

There are nearly 400 food service establishments in the NDDH service area! Food services 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.

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.


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

Attention Owners/Managers of all food establishments in the twelve towns served by the Northeast District Department of Health: The adoption of the FDA Model Food Code means significant changes in requirements for all food establishments. Changes as of October 1, 2017 include reclassification of establishments and a new temperature danger zone of 41 degrees to 135 degrees Fahrenheit. New regulations become enforceable on July 1, 2018. Learn how these changes will impact your establishment by attending information sessions being held at NDDH. Be assured that we are committed to assisting our food establishments transition successfully to these new regulations. Check back often for continuing guidance!

Notice of Current CT Food Code Update Sessions at NDDH

Timeline for Changes Associated with Public Act 17-93 Applicable to Food Service Establishments/NDDH Food Service Ordinance Definitions

Revised Classification of Connecticut Food Establishments

New Food Temperature Danger Zone Poster

DRAFT SAMPLE - Food Establishment Inspection Report starting July 1, 2018

NDDH Presentation Slides on CT Food Code Adoption of the FDA Model Food Code - Sept/October, 2017 Sessions

CT DPH Food Protection Program FDA Model Food Code Adoption Overview - (EHS Circular Letter #2017-16 June 23, 2017)

2013 FDA Model Food Code

Norovirus Cleanup and Disinfection

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.

FDA Food Product Recall List

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