ATTENTION: Food Service Operators:
Public Service Announcement Regarding Scams

The Department of Restaurants & Hotels in partnership with foodservice operators is responsible for assuring food safety and protecting the public from foodborne illness. There are over 2,000 permitted food service establishments in DeKalb County. Food service establishments are inclusive of restaurants, school and hospital cafeterias, nursing homes, mobile units, correctional institutions, theaters, bars and lounges. Temporary food service establishments are also permitted by this division and must operate in conjunction with a fair, carnival, or public exhibition not to exceed 14 consecutive days. DeKalb County inspectors are charged with the task of providing periodic, regulatory inspections that include educating the food service operator on the importance of food safety practices. Most inspections are conducted at least twice a year.

In addition, this program is responsible for plan reviews and complaint investigations.

Additional information is also available from the following websites:
Smoking ordinance
For more information:
  1. Opening a food service operation
  2. Certified Food Safety Manager
  3. Making a complaint
  4. Inspection scores
  5. Understanding the Inspection Report Form
  6. Food Service Rules & Regulations
  7. Food Recalls
  8. Applications for operating food service establishments
    1. Food Service Establishment Application (Fixed Food Service and Base of Operation)
    2. Mobile Unit Application (Base of Operation in Dekalb)
    3. Mobile Unit Application (Base of Operation in Another County)
  9. Temporary Events
    1. Temporary Food Service Establishment Operations Checklist
    2. Temporary Food Service Vendor Application
    3. Temporary Food Service Organizer Application
    4. Temporary Events Brochure
  10. Imminent Health Hazards – Guidelines for food services operators during a power outage or boil water advisory ( English | Spanish ChineseKorean ). Emergency action plan for retail food establishments.
  11. Guidance Document for Assessing Emergency Operation Plans for Food Service Establishments