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There are over 1200 permitted food establishments in Kanawha County. The WV Food Establishment Rule, effective July 1, 2008, governs retail food establishments such as restaurants, bars, grocery stores, schools, hospitals, day cares, temporary food stands, etc. The rule incorporates, by reference, the majority of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) 2013 Model Food Code.

Environmental Health services staff conducts risk based inspections of all food establishments yearly and responds to complaints with immediate investigations. The purpose of the inspections is to assure that the food is being handled properly from storage to preparation and serving. Inspectors observe all workers’ food handling practices; assure equipment is working properly, take food temperatures, inspect all refrigeration and storage areas, assure water temperatures, and correct level and uses of sanitizers. Any violations that are noted are discussed with the Manager and a plan of action is put into place to correct critical violations immediately and to correct non-critical violations as soon as possible.

Environmental Health is responsible for promoting and protecting the public’s health by ensuring that the county’s food supply is safe and sanitary. The Sanitarian staff is trained on the 2013 Model Food Code and is well versed on the inspection process as well as educating food facility management and the consumer. The KCHD food safety program's number one goal is to help protect the public from food borne illness.

All food establishments must obtain and complete the Plan Review Packet prior to being issued a food permit. To download a printable copy these documents please click Plan Review Packet.

Sponsors of bake sales are required to register with the KCHD. Please complete the Bake Sale Form and return it to the KCHD prior to the bake sale. 

Food Handlers Training



Temporary Food Guidelines

Temporary Food Service Guidelines Booklet

  • Each event should have an Event Coordinator
  • Sponsors of NON-PROFIT events may not be inspected by KCHD. This allows the organization, such as religious, charitable, educational and non-profit organizations, which are sponsoring the event to be responsible for all aspects of safe food handling of the food to be served to the public. Based on WV CODE 16-6-3 such non-profit entities are exempt of the food regulations during temporary food events. However, Courtesy inspections will be made.
  • Profit vendors must serve food which is prepared on-site, purchased commercially, or prepared in an approved facility. KCHD may inspect the event to ensure compliance with WV64CSR17 which adopted the 2013 FDA Food Code.
  • Non-profit participants may not be inspected by KCHD and will be responsible for the following: food is to be prepared and handled in hygienic conditions, food at the event is safe, the food is free from contamination, and the food vendors are aware of appropriate food safety practices, other state rules and guidelines relating to labeling, weights and measures, and business licensing.
  • Non-profit vendors will display placards in prominent locations which notify the public the “Food has been prepared in a kitchen that is not regulated or inspected by KCHD”.
  • KCHD will provide educational assistance as requested, but may not perform routine inspections of the event or non-profit vendors if the appropriate signage is posted.
  • Where there are many businesses and or volunteers participating in the event, the event coordinator must ensure that all use safe food practices.
  • All event coordinators should complete the Food Vendors List with the names and contacts of food vendors participating in the event. Provide a copy to KCHD and retain a copy for your records. Completed vendor applications with the appropriate fee should be submitted to KCHD at least one week prior to the event.
  • Non-profit vendors of bake sales are to display a placard in a prominent location which states: “This food is prepared in a kitchen that is not regulated or inspected by the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department”. Bake Sales must post the placard if the baked goods are not prepared commercially, in an approved facility or at the event.
  • Complete the EVENT CHECKLIST to help you monitor the event from start to finish.
  • At the end of the event, provide KCHD the completed EVENT CHECKLIST, retaining a copy for your records.
  • NOTE: Event organizer should submit applications for approval by KCHD from their participants: profit vendors with the permit fee; non-profit charitable, educational or religious vendors will not be charged a permit fee with completed §16-6-3 form. KCHD must receive the applications at least one week in advance of the event.
For Profit Food Vendor Packet Non-Profit Food Vendor Packet Temporary Food Event Coordinator Packet

Emergency Procedures for Retail Food Establishments

In the event disaster strikes do you know what your organization’s emergency procedures are? A food establishment manager (or the Person-in-charge) is responsible for conducting both initial and ongoing assessments to ensure consistent compliance with food safety requirements. The following document is designed to provide guidance in the development of emergency procedures for retail food establishments. Individual establishments can use this resource to develop procedures that meet the needs of their specific organization.

Click Retail Food Emergency Flip Chart for a printable copy of the guidance.

Contact Name: Environmental Health Services
Contact Phone: 304-348-8050

Other Resources:

Behind the Kitchen Door - Our Local new station reviews the Health inspections and picks the bad and good
2013 FDA Food Code
Centers for Disease Control
Food and Drug Administration
National Sanitation Foundation
United States Department of Agriculture
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
Farmers Market Brochure
Fast Food Pocket Guide from CDC
Temporary Food Guidelines

If you have any complaints you would like us to investigate. please email us with complete Complaint address or contact information.
You can also call us 304-348-8050.