|Jim Armstrong MS, RS
216.201.2000 ext 1251
Food businesses operating in Cuyahoga County, with the exception of the City of Cleveland, are required to have either a food service operation or retail food establishment a license issued by CCBH.
If you will be operating in our jurisdiction and intend to open a restaurant or retail food facility, remodel a restaurant or facility, or make any changes which could result in a change of your license status or risk class (add new menu items, add or replace equipment, or change processes), you are required by Ohio Food Code to undergo plan review with CCBH.
Before you begin the process, we want you to be prepared. Please read the following to make your experience as smooth as possible.
Submitting Your Plans
Bring your plans to our office at least 30 days before construction is scheduled to begin. You must have these six things:
Within 30 days after your plans are submitted, we will review them. If we require additional information or changes, we will contact you.
Once your plans are approved, you will receive a confirmation email and/or letter.
This letter only states that the plans have been approved. It DOES NOT give you permission to open or operate your business.
Construction and Permitting
It is your responsibility to be sure that all contractors and sub-contractors are licensed, if required.
You must also ensure that your contractors obtain the necessary permits for your specific location.
Along with contacting us, you should contact the local officials responsible for permitting and inspecting facilities in your community, including:
When your plans have been approved, you will receive an email and/or letter asking you to call us to schedule a pre-licensing inspection.
Please call at least one week prior to your anticipated start date to be sure that an inspector will be available.
Licensing and Opening
Once your opening inspection is satisfactorily completed and your license fee is paid, you will be able to open for business.
Resources & Links
Pre-licensing inspection – use this checklist to prepare for the pre-licensing inspection.
Risk Class Identification – this list will determine the plan review fee and your facilities food license fee.