F O O D      F A C I L I T I E S


UPDATE 6/15/21: 

On Wednesday June 9, 2021 the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board held a special meeting to hear from the California Department of Public Health on new face covering guidance. The board decided to withdraw revisions to the Emergency Temporary Standards that were previously sent to the Office of Administrative Law in order to update Cal/OSHA's COVID-19 prevention requirements with the latest guidance. The board posted new revisions on June 11 that incorporate the latest public health guidance. The revisions will be considered at the board’s regular meeting on June 17. In the meantime, the protections adopted in November of 2020 will remain in effect. Review the latest information on the revisions in Cal/OSHA's Frequently Asked Questions.”

Our department serves in the best interest of the public by assuring that all food and drinks are safe for people to consume. The food program uses the California Retail Food Code (CRFC) and other state laws to enforce food safety and construction requirements in all retail food facilities.

Update to California Retail Food Code (CRFC) 2019


California Retail Food Code requires a Plan Check Submittal to the Environmental Health Department for the following occurrences:

  • Food facilities that are built from the ground up

  • Facilities that are constructed from existing building spaces

  • Tenant improvements  

  • Existing food facilities that remodel, change equipment or change their menu.

Please see the following tabs for information on how to submit a Plan Check.

  1. New Food Facilities
  2. Change of Ownership
  3. Remodel
  4. Application Process

Any building that is being built from the ground up or has not previously been used as a Food Facility must undergo a Major Food Plan Check which consists of plan reviews and inspections to be done by an Environmental Health Specialist.

The Nevada County Building Department conducts construction inspections alongside Environmental Health throughout the building process. The final approval for a facility to open for operation is only granted once all work is complete.  If the location is within city limits, please contact the local City's Building Department to assist with construction of the facility.


New Business Advisory $ 384.40
Minor Plan Check $ 576.60*
Major Plan Check $ 1,537.60*
Annual Permit Fee - 0 Seats $ 480.50
Annual Permit Fee  1-15 Seats $ 576.60
Annual Permit Fee 16-49 Seats $ 672.70
Annual Permit Fee  50-149 Seats $ 768.80
Annual Permit Fee 150+ Seats $ 961.00
* Plan Check fees are
 based on a 3 hour and 8 hour time frame for Minor and Major Plan Checks respectively. Any time spent 
beyond that will be charged at a rate of $192.20/hour.  


Contact NCDEH for more information at env.health@co.nevada.ca.us or (530) 265-1222.