Maricopa County Environmental Services Department
Environmental Health DivisionPermitting Services Program
Phone: (602) 506-6824
Please visit our Food & Restaurants page for guidance and resources.
Please review this document to ensure you are prepared for your inspection.
If you would like to set up an appointment with a plan review inspector, at no cost to you, to discuss your project prior to submittal, please contact us at (602)506-6824 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide the address of the project location so that we can better serve your needs.
1. Fill out and submit your application.
2. Our office will review the application, assess the application fees, and send you your confirmation.
3. After the confirmation is received, pay the application fees (online, in person, over the phone, via fax, or by mail).
4. Annual permit fees are assessed once the establishment qualifies for a permit.
Note: Depending on extent of minor review/remodel (e.g. multiple areas impacted or phased installation, etc.), then you may be assessed a fee for a major remodel.
Please be advised that the first inspection will be conducted once the ownership change has taken place. If you are interested in obtaining a detailed list of items requiring correction prior to taking ownership of an establishment, please submit an Inspection Upon Request Form (link provided below).
Complete this application if you are purchasing a currently permitted food business and want to remain in business while the Department reviews your Food Establishment Application.
If expedited plan review is being requested, the fees per permit are doubled.
Our team will review your application and email you to confirm your application fees (which may vary based on your application/plans) and provide you with instructions on how to pay the application fees.
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Please provide layout for all projects involving construction/review. Please upload to the cloud drive (instructions below) if file size exceeds 20MB.
Combine multiple files into one PDF or JPG. Please upload to the cloud drive (instructions below) if file size exceeds 20MB.
Please provide equipment cut sheets for all projects involving construction/review. Please upload to the cloud drive (instructions below) if file size exceeds 20MB.
Either complete the plumbing/finish schedule on page 4 or provide information on separate sheet for review. Please upload to the cloud drive (instructions below) if file size exceeds 20MB.
Please provide any additional supporting documentation. Please upload to the cloud drive (instructions below) if file size exceeds 20MB.
Deliver hard copy to the Department if not able to attach here or in the cloud (see instructions below for uploading documents into the cloud drive).
Please use this link to upload files for plan review (layout, equipment cut sheets, schematics, menu, and any other supporting documentation).
Please ensure you follow instructions to ensure application is processed and reviewed without delay.
An additional review/remodel fee may also be assessed.
Provide brief list of menu items. Please ensure you attach complete menu.
This information needs to be provided with all applications for Minor Review/Major Remodel/Major Construction. For minor reviews, this information is only required for the areas impacted by the project.
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A county shall not base a licensing decision in whole or in part on a licensing requirement or condition that is not specifically authorized by statute, rule, ordinance or delegation agreement. A general grant of authority does not constitute a basis for imposing a licensing requirement or condition unless the authority specifically authorizes the requirement or condition.
Unless specifically authorized, a county shall avoid duplication of other laws that do not enhance regulatory clarity and shall avoid dual permitting to the maximum extent practicable.
This section does not prohibit county flexibility to issue licenses or adopt ordinances or codes.
A county shall not request or initiate discussions with a person about waiving that person's rights.
THIS SECTION MAY BE ENFORCED IN A PRIVATE CIVIL ACTION AND RELIEF MAY BE AWARDED AGAINST A COUNTY. THE COURT MAY AWARD REASONABLE ATTORNEY FEES, DAMAGES AND ALL FEES ASSOCIATED WITH THE LICENSE APPLICATION TO A PARTY THAT PREVAILS IN AN ACTION AGAINST A COUNTY FOR A VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION.
A COUNTY EMPLOYEE MAY NOT INTENTIONALLY OR KNOWINGLY VIOLATE THIS SECTION. A VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION IS CAUSE FOR DISCIPINARY ACTION OR DISMISSAL PURSUANT TO THE COUNTY'S ADOPTED PERSONNEL POLICY.
THIS SECTION DOES NOT ABROGATE THE IMMUNITY PROVIDED BY SECTION 12-820.1 OR 12-820.02.
The approval of plans and specifications shall lapse and become invalid one year from the date of approval unless a substantial portion of the work described in the plans and specifications has commenced by such anniversary date. An approval of plans and specifications can be renewed for one year if an application for renewal is submitted within 180 days prior to expiration and a fee equal to one-half (1/2) of the flat fee or initial plan review fee is paid. The approval will be effective for one year from the date of expiration.
Should it be necessary or desirable to make any material change in the approved plans and specifications, revised plans and specifications shall be submitted to the department for review, and approval shall be obtained before the work affected by the change is undertaken. Once submitted, the plans will be review for compliance with the Maricopa County Environmental Health code (MCEHC). A response letter will be drafted and delivered to the applicant using the method indicated on the application. The letter will indicate items of noncompliance that need to be addressed during the construction of the establishment.
Approval of these plans and specifications by this Regulatory Authority does not indicate compliance with any other code, law or regulation that may be required--federal, state, or local. It further does not constitute endorsement or acceptance of the completed establishment (structure or equipment). A pre-opening inspection and final inspection of the establishment with equipment in place and operating will be necessary to determine if it complies with the Maricopa County Environmental Health Code governing establishments.
Approval of a permit by this Department does not indicate compliance with any other code, law, or regulation that may be required - federal, state, or local. In order to ensure compliance with local mechanical and building codes, obtain a Certificate-of- Occupancy “C-of-O” from the local municipality or “Green Tag” from the local fire department, if required.
A “grandfather” clause or provision is not provided for in Maricopa County Environmental Health Code. All establishments under new ownership, newly built, or remodeled shall meet current construction, equipment, facility, and operational regulations as adopted and provided for in the Maricopa County Environmental Health Code, guidelines, and procedures, and policy statements. A permit shall not be issued to a facility for which a permit is required, and shall not be allowed to operate until the applicant demonstrates to the Department full compliance with applicable provisions of the Maricopa County Environmental Health Code. Any construction, alteration, or addition shall be made in accordance with specifications approved by the Department. The owner, operator, or authorized agent shall certify in writing that the establishment will comply with these regulations. On-site inspections of the facilities and premises with equipment in place and operating will be necessary to determine compliance with the Maricopa County Environmental Health Code.
Pursuant to A.R.S. § 41-1009, the Department may enter your establishment to conduct inspections. You have the right to receive a copy of the Department's inspection report at the time of the inspection, within thirty (30) days after the inspection, or as otherwise provided by federal law. I agree that the Department may send me a copy of its inspection report by e-mail or by facsimile transmission to the e-mail or fax number provided under the Business Ownership Information provided above. It is the responsibility of the permit holder to update the Department if there is a change in contact information.
I hereby certify that the above information is correct, agree to comply with the Maricopa County Environmental Health Code, agree to allow the regulatory authority access to the establishment as specified under § 8-402.11 and to the records specified under §§ 3-203.12 and 5-205.13 and Subparagraph 8-201.14(D)(6), and I fully understand that any deviation from the above without prior permission from the Maricopa County Environmental Services Department may nullify final approval. By checking the check box and typing your name you have digitally signed this application.
Arizona law, A.R.S. § 11-1605(I), allows Maricopa County Environmental Services Department (MCESD) and the applicant for a license to mutually agree to extend the plan review time frame by 50 percent of the substantive time frame and overall time frame. MCESD will agree to any applicant's request for an 50 percent extension of the substantive review time frame and overall time frame when box is checked and signed below.
By checking the "I agree" box below, you agree and acknowledge that 1) your application will not be signed in the sense of a traditional paper document, 2) by signing in this alternate manner, you authorize your electronic signature to be valid and binding upon you to the same force and effect as a handwritten signature, and 3) you may still be required to provide a traditional signature at a later date.
Information entered on this form will be retained by Maricopa Environmental Services Department and is a record as defined by Arizona law.
This form will be provided without redaction in response to a public record request unless any of the information is exempt from release under Arizona law.
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