Application New Food Facility

New Food Facility means any new construction, a tenant improvement of a non-food facility to become a food facility, and/or change in menu at an existing food facility whether or not the ownership has changed. 

All plans are reviewed in the order received. DEH has 20-business days to review all submittals (new and/or revisions)

When submitting to obtain construction approval from DEH for your proposed New Food Facility, the following must be submitted as one packet. Incomplete packets will not be accepted and will not be placed into the review queue.  

  1.  A completed Plan Check Application
  2. Plan Check fees as described on the Fee Schedule applicable to the scope of work
  3.  Completed Food Plan Check Checklist
  4.  One (1) complete, legible and bound set of proposed design/plans to scale (1/4 inch scale). To include the following:
    1. Equipment Plan
    2.  Mechanical Plan
    3.  Finish Schedule
    4.  Plumbing
    5.  Electrical
    6.  Total number of Type I hoods
  5.   Proposed Menu
  6.  Cut-sheets/Manufacturers’ Specification Sheets of proposed equipment

After plans have been reviewed and approved, a submittal of two (2) additional sets will be required for stamping. Once all plans have been stamped, you will be required to submit the two (2) sets of plans to the applicable jurisdiction’s Planning/Building Department.

NOTE: Separate plan check applications and fees will be required for additional operations within the main food facility, such as a deli or sushi kiosk within a grocery store, remote storage rooms for restaurants, and coffee bars and break rooms at corporate cafeterias. No Plan Review services will be provided by DEH (inspections, plan review, approvals, etc.) until any/all fees have been paid in full. Additional fees and requirements may apply.

Applicable Fees:

For applicable Plan Check fees, see DEH Fee Schedule. Please be sure to only review the Plan Check fee portion of the fee schedule, as other fees listed may NOT apply to plan review and construction.

We will not begin any work and projects will not be placed into the review queue until all the items noted above and payment are received. Plans received with no payment will be discarded after 10 business days.

Please submit plans and necessary documents to the following:

County of Santa Clara
Department of Environmental Health
1555 Berger Drive
Bldg #2, Suite #300
San Jose, CA  95112 

Submittal Hours:
7:30 am - 4:15 pm
Monday through Friday

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