See COVID-19 Updates for Food Establishments for the latest guidelines.
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.
- New Food Establishments
- Change of Ownership
- Annual Renewals
- Temporary Events
- Mobile Food Service Units
- Opening a Restaurant in Fairfax County Start-up Guide
- Fairfax County's Food and Food Handling Code
- Certified Food Manager (CFM) Guidelines