Do I Need a Plan Review?

An application for a food establishment license must be submitted to the appropriate regulatory agency at least thirty days before a new food business opens. An inspection must be conducted before a license can be issued. Keep in mind that some establishments may also be required to submit plans and specifications to the licensing agency. These plans must be approved prior to construction or remodeling! The agency conducting the plan review must complete the review within 30 days. Plan review fees vary among local health departments. The following establishments are required to submit plans for review and approval:
  • A food service establishment (local health departments - fees vary).
  • An extended retail grocery (mandatory Plan Review).
  • A special transitory food unit (local health departments or Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) - fees vary).
  • Other MDARD-licensed retail establishments are encouraged to utilize MDARD plan review services at no added cost. (These fees have already been built into the license fees.)

Food Plan Review Information

Learn more about submitting a Plan Review for a Food Establishment by watching a video from MDARD here.