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Safe Food Center


Dear Potential Food Establishment Owner/Operator:

Congratulations on your decision to open a food establishment in Saint Louis County! The Department of Health is here to assist you in setting up your facilities and help your establishment be in compliance with all applicable codes. The Department has developed this web site to help you make your business venture a successful one. The following procedures can save you time and money:

If you are opening a new food establishment, submit, in person or via mail, plans, specifications, application(s), and fees to:

The Saint Louis County Department of Public Health
Division of Environmental Protection

6121 North Hanley Road
Berkeley, MO 63134

Phone: (314) 615-8900

John C. Murphy

Please contact our office (314) 615-8900 at least seven (7) days in advance to schedule a construction/plan review inspection. Only after the establishment passes the required construction/plan review inspection will Saint Louis County allow an operational/opening inspection to be scheduled for consideration of issuance of a food establishment permit. The two inspections are normally not conducted on the same day.

Important Information about Opening a New Food Establishment