Health Licensing


Environmental

 
 
 

Food Service Facility (FSF) Permits

 
 
 

Issuance of a Health Department Food Service Facility Permit is based on the type of food served or sold in the facility and how the food is handled before, during, and after the day it is served.

 
 
 

Potentially hazardous foods of concern include meats, fish, eggs, dairy products, cooked rice and pasta, cut melons and bean sprouts.  If not handled properly, cooked to the right temperature, or kept hot or cold, these foods are more likely to grow the type of bacteria that causes illnesses.

 
 
 

How to Apply

 
 
 

If you are interested in applying for a Food Service Facility (FSF) Permit, click on the application link under the correct category, print the application, follow the instructions at the top of the form and mail the completed application to the referenced address.  An original signature must be on the application.  Faxed applications are not accepted.

 
 
 


Categories of Food Service Facilities

 
 
 

High Priority FSF

 
 
 

High Priority FSF Permit Application

 
 
 
  • Full-service restaurants

  • Buffets

  • Hospitals

  • Nursing homes where clientele consists of the very old, very young or hospitalized persons

 
 
 

Type of Food Served/Food Handling

 
 
 
  • Potentially hazardous food is served

  • Food is cooked ahead of time, or is served as a leftover, which means it was placed in cold storage after the first cook and, therefore, went from hot to cold

  • Food is cooked and kept hot for service for more than 4 hours

 
 
 

Moderate Priority FSF

 
 
 

Moderate Priority FSF Permit Application

 
 
 
  • Fast food restaurants in which food is cooked and then served

  • Potentially hazardous food is served

  • Food is served to the customer right away

  • Hot-served food is not kept more than 4 hours before being discarded

 
 
 

Low Priority FSF

 
 
 

Low Priority FSF Permit Application

 
 
 

Commercial food is served and sold in sealed packages.

 
 
 
  • Food (i.e., sodas, snack food, ice cream) is served or is sold as an unopened, commercially-prepared and packaged product

 
 
 

Mobile FSF

 
 
 

Mobile Food Service Facility Permit Application

 
 
 

A mechanically, electrically, manually, or otherwise propelled vehicle that is relocated following each day’s operation to an approved depot or other location acceptable to the approving authority.

 
 
 
  • Sale of food is not permitted on the public rights-of-way in Prince George’s County, except for ice cream vendors

  • Sale of food from a vehicle is only permitted on private property and in association with a carnival, circus or other similar event

  • This permit allows the handling/sale of foods for up to one year

 
 
 

Farmer's Market Vendor

 
 
 

Farmer's Market Vendor Permit Application

 
 
 

The following permits are required to operate a Farmer’s Market:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • A Farmer’s Market must have both Maryland State Department of Agriculture approval AND a Prince George’s County Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement Use and Occupancy Permit

  • Sale of foods other than farm products requires a Prince George’s County Health Department Farmer’s Market Vendor Special Food Service Facility Permit

  • Contact the Food Protection Program staff at 301.883.7690 for more information

 
 
 

Temporary Event

 
 
 

Temporary Event Permit Application

 
 
 
  • Issued to prospective food and drink vendors operating at a fixed location for not more than five consecutive days in conjunction with a fair, festival, carnival, community day, concession stand or special events

  • Contact the Food Protection Program staff at 301.883.7690 for more information
 
 
 


Warehouse/Processing Plant

 
 
 

Warehouse/Processing Plant Permit Application

 
 
 
  • Food stored for distribution or a manufacturing plant in which food is manufactured for wholesale distribution in compliance with requirements of the United States Food and Drug Administration or the United States Department of Agriculture

 
 
 

 
The Food Service Manager (FSM) Certification

 
 
 

Any operator of a restaurant or Class III Mobile Unit must have a Prince George’s County Certified Food Service Manager on duty at all times.

 
 
 

An individual obtaining a certificate for the first time is required to:

 
 
 
 
 
 

An individual obtaining a renewal certificate is required to:

 
 
 
  • Complete an 8-hour course from one of the approved instructors, and bring a letter from the instructor stating that he/she has completed the class

  • For more information regarding Non-Profit Food Manager Training, contact the Food Protection Program at 301.883.7650

 
 
 

 

 
 
 

How To Obtain a Prince George’s County

 
 
 

Food Service Manager (FSM) Certificate

 
 
 


Bring the following to the office, 9400 Peppercorn Place, 1st Floor, during business hours:  
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.:

 
 
 
 
 
 

After your application is reviewed, your certification card will be issued if all criteria has been met.  Your I.D. picture will be taken in our office.

 
 
 

For More Information on the Food Service Manager Program

 
 
 


Food Service Manager (FSM) General Information
Office:  301.883.7650
E-mail:  foodprotectionprogram@co.pg.md.us

 
 
 

Classes for Non-Profit Organizations
Office:  301.883.7650
E-mail:  foodprotectionprogram@co.pg.md.us
 

 
 
 

Public Swimming Pool and Spa Permits
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Plan Review

 
 
 

Review plans for construction, modification, remodeling and additions to all facilities licensed by the Prince George's County Health Department, Division of Environmental Health

 
 
 
 
 

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