Food Establishment Owners & Operators


Picture of food thermometer placed in cooking chickenThe purpose of Fairfax County's Food and Food Handling Code is to safeguard public health and ensure that food is safe, unadulterated and properly presented when offered to the consumer. The Fairfax County Health Department works with owners and operators of food establishments in Fairfax County and the Cities of Falls Church and Fairfax City to ensure food safety throughout the community.

The Health Department reviews food establishment plans and conducts pre-operational inspections; inspects more than 3,300 permitted food establishments, including restaurants, public schools, day care centers and hospital kitchens; inspects and permits temporary food establishments at events such as fairs and festivals; responds to citizen complaints and inquiries; investigates foodborne illness outbreaks to determine the source and to minimize the spread of disease; provides food safety information; and holds food safety workshops.

Permitting: Step-by-Step Instructions

New food establishments | Change of ownership | Permit renewal | Temporary events | Mobile food service units

Food Inspections: What to Expect

Description of inspection process | Types of inspections | Enforcement actions

Certified Food Manager (CFM) Guidelines

CFM requirements | Training and testing locations

Food Safety Training Materials

Hand washing posters | Employee health policy information | Other food industry training tools

Frequently Asked Questions

Permitting | Consumer Advisory | Non-smoking regulations | Youth athletic concession stands

Active Managerial Control (AMC)

Information and Recognition Program

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  • 10777 Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22030
  • Main Phone: 703-246-2444
  • Fax: 703-653-9448
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