All restaurants and food establishments must be licensed and pass regular health inspections to assure that the facility meets food safety standards. This applies to restaurants that sell food to the public from a set address, including bed and breakfasts.
You must obtain a plan review and license before:
- Opening a new restaurant
- Remodeling a restaurant
You must also contact us if your menu changes or if you are changing ownership.
Good to Know
Prior to receiving your license from us, there may be other agencies from which you will be required to obtain approvals. These include, but are not limited to:
- Planning (zoning)
- Building codes (structural, electrical, plumbing, prefabricated structures)
- Fire marshal
- City or county authorities
Food handler cards are required for all restaurant workers. You can take the test online.
Bed and breakfasts must also obtain a lodging permit.
Get a License
If you're building or remodeling a restaurant:
You must first obtain a plan review. Send us:
You will receive a response within 10 business days. Once you've received a plan approval letter, you may begin construction. You may then submit your Restaurant License Application and fee payment (PDF).
Once construction is complete, call us to arrange a pre-opening inspection. This usually occurs within 1 week of your call. You must receive and pass the pre-opening inspection before you can open.
After a food service license has been acquired, the restaurant will receive its first inspection within a few weeks.
If you're a new owner:
We will review your application and determine whether a plan review is needed.
Restaurant Application Forms
- Plan Review Requirements (PDF)
- Restaurant Plan Review Application (PDF)
- Restaurant License Application (PDF)
Based on the number of seats inside the restaurant.
Licenses are good for one calendar year. Renew your license by paying the license fee by December 31 of each year.
Environmental health specialists conduct twice yearly inspections of the restaurant to ensure that food service operation is following Oregon's Food Sanitation Rules. Inspections are unannounced, and at the end of the inspection the restaurant will receive a score. The inspection results are posted on Health Departments website for public viewing.
During an inspection, health inspectors will:
- Evaluate food workers' practices, including how foods are received and stored, and how food is processed and cooked.
- Evaluate cooling, holding and reheating temperatures.
- Report observed violations not in compliance with Oregon's Food Sanitation Rules.