Environmental Health

Retail Food

LICENSES AND INSPECTIONS

Restaurants, caterers, food stalls, food trucks, and online retail food businesses are regulated and licensed by the local health department. For information about licensing and inspections of retail food establishments, contact the local health department whose jurisdiction includes the municipality where the food will be prepared and/or sold.

The following exceptions are regulated by the Public Health and Food Protection Program:

 

OUTDOOR SEATING AFTER NOVEMBER 30, 2020

The NJDOH has recently been advised by the NJ Department of Community Affairs (DCA) that NJ’s Uniform Construction Code (UCC) requires that a permit be acquired from the local code enforcement official(s) whenever tents are used after November 30th of each year.  The permit is required so that code enforcement officials can evaluate the tent(s) for structural stability when encountering stress from wind, rain, and snow.

Therefore, as of December 1, 2020, retail food establishment operators, seeking to use tents, plastic domes or igloos to continue offering outdoor dining, may be required to obtain a permit from the local code enforcement official(s).

For further guidance, see the following webpage: Department of Community Affairs COVID-19 Information and DCA news release for Outdoor Dining

 

COVID-19 FDA BEST PRACTICES FOR RETAIL FOOD STORES, RESTAURANTS AND FOOD PICK-UP AND DELIVERY SERVICES

On April 9, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued information and best practices for retail food stores, restaurants, and pick-up and delivery services during the pandemic to protect workers and customers.

The first is a factsheet on Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up and Delivery Services During the COVID 19 Pandemic. This information addresses key considerations for how foods offered at retail can be prepared safely and delivered to the public, as well as key best practices for employee health and personal hygiene, cleaning and sanitizing.  

The companion to the factsheet is a summary infographic that offers at-a-glance information on how to: Be Healthy, Be Clean; Clean & Disinfect; Social Distance and Pick-Up & Delivery.

Many of the above noted FDA Best Practices are now mandatory in New Jersey under Governor Murphy’s Executive Order #122.

 

FOOD PROTECTION MANAGER CERTIFICATION

The New Jersey Department of Health, Public Health and Food Protection Program, does not offer Food Protection Manager courses or programs. This office cannot provide status updates or copies of your Food Protection Manager certificate.

For more information about Food Protection Manager certification, to register for a course, or to inquire about individual courses or testing, contact any of the accredited programs listed below.

To inquire about your individual registration or to request a copy of your Food Protection Manager Certificate, contact the accredited organization with which you registered.

Only Food Protection Manager certificates issued by New Jersey accredited organizations are accepted. All New Jersey accredited organizations are listed below. Food Protection Manager certificates issued by any of the below accredited organizations are equally accepted as proof of credential.

 

New Jersey Accredited Food Protection Manager Organizations

 

Last Reviewed: 10/6/2021