Food Facility Plan Review

About
This program is for those interested in starting a new food establishment or those renovating an existing food establishment. Contact the Food Safety Program at 609-465-1209 for more information on how to use the program.

Cost
  • $60 per facility review
Requirements
The requirements for opening a retail food establishment (PDF) help:
  • Assure compliance with state and local sanitary codes.
  • Avoid misunderstandings of requirements.
  • Prevent additional costs to the operators because of errors found after construction.
Program Services
To operate a retail food establishment in Cape May County, several requirements must be met. These items can be either faxed to 609-465-6564 or mailed to the department:
Cape May County Department of Health
Environmental Services Division
4 Moore Road
DN 601
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210

After Documents Submitted
The submitted information will be reviewed within 5 days from the date the documents are received. After initial review of the floor plan and accompanying documents, the appropriate inspector will contact the operator to schedule an appointment for a floor plan review.

The floor plan review will provide the establishment owner/operator with the Department of Health’s requirements for operating a food establishment in accordance with New Jersey's Food Code, 8:24 (PDF).

Paper copies of Chapter 8:24, Sanitation in Retail Food Establishments (PDF), can be obtained from this department. While the floor plan review will provide the operator with a basic understanding of the food code, it is the responsibility of the operator to familiarize themselves with the regulations.

A pre-operational inspection is required prior to the planned opening. Schedule this inspection at least 2 weeks prior to the anticipated opening date.

Call 609-465-1209 with any questions regarding the application process.