Food Service Program
The Tompkins County
Environmental Health Division Food Service Program offers the
- Educational information on food safety for permitted facilities
(Home food safety questions call: Cornell Cooperative
Extension at 272-2292)
- Seminars on food safety on request for food service establishments
- Loan ServSafe food safety videos for restaurant
Note: For info about ServSafe Food Safety Courses for managers, employees and volunteers, CLICK HERE
- Provide choking posters, food safety stickers, templates
for temperature monitoring logs, food safety informational
handouts and copies of the New York State Sanitary Code for
Food Service Establishments
The Food Program:
- Issues permits to Food Service Establishments in
Call the Environmental Health Division for information on
how to obtain a permit to operate a Food Service Establishment.
- Issues permits for Temporary Food Service Events:
Information on obtaining a temporary
permit for serving food to the public. Call for
applicable fees prior to mailing the completed application.
Phone 607-274-6688, Mon–Fri, 8:30–4:30.
FAQs, and downloadable application, instructions and checklist (pdf) for a Temporary Event permit, follow this link.
- Reviews and approves plans for new Food Service
Establishments (plans are also required for extensive
remodeling of facilities):
Call for an opening package, further information and applicable
fees. Plans must be approved prior to construction or remodeling
of the facility.
- Inspects Food Service operations to offer education
and prevent Foodborne Illness:
Permitted facilities are inspected at least once a year by
a NYS standardized inspector. Facilities are re-inspected
if critical violations are observed during the initial inspection.
Click here for monthly inspection
- Responds to consumer complaints related to public
health and food safety:
Facilities are also visited when complaints involving food
safety and/or a risk to public health takes place
- Investigates Foodborne related illness:
If you believe you became ill after eating a meal in a restaurant,
contact us immediately. Contact your physician for possible
stool or vomitus samples immediately (this will help us stop
a food related illness). The interview will take 15-30 minutes
and will include a 72 hour history of foods that you consumed.
- Food Safety Courses
Click Here for current course
Guidelines and Requirements
Food Fact Sheets:
Educational Materials for Food Service Establishments (all PDF, 120KB or less)
Other food-related links to visit: