Food Establishment Minimum Requirements

Please be advised that this is a GENERIC listing of minimum requirements for a food facility.  A facility layout and plan review is required PRIOR to construction.  For additional information, please refer to the CT DPH website for Food Regulations 19-13-B42.

  1. Toilet facilities: required for all food establishments, including retail operations.  However, if seating is offered you must provide separate facilities for male/female if 16 or more seats are proposed (must be handicap accessible).
  2. Separate hand sink required in all areas of food preparation, dispensing and warewashing areas.
  3. Dishwashing:  3 bay with 2 drainboards; or 1 drain 24" drain board with wire rack; commercial machine with sanitizing cycle.
  4. All equipment must be commercial grade.
  5. Al areas in food preparation, toilets and warewashing must be non-absorbent, easily cleanable, smooth and durable.
  6. Qualified Food Operator required for service of all HOT food items (CLASS 3 & 4).
  7. Separate food prep with indirect drain line for all facilities preparing large volumes of food.
  8. A grease trap is required for all establishments preparing/serving food.
  9. A separate Baking License is required for ALL types of bread and cake mixing, including pizza dough.  Contact the CT Dept of Consumer Protection at (860) 713-6160 for more information.
Please consult with Health Department staff for any specific facility needs.