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The food safety program’s primary responsibility is to protect the community against food borne illnesses resulting from health code violations and improper handling of food. It is responsible for inspections of food service operations, food vending machines, food establishments, schools, day-care centers and hospitals on a regular basis. This program also inspects food operations at fairs, festivals, and other temporary events in Belmont County.Food Safety


  • Provide licenses
  • Inspect food establishments/operations
  • Approve plans for new food-related facilities
  • Investigates food borne illnesses and reports contaminated food
  • In-services presentations
  • Investigates reports of food related violations
  • Inspects vending machines
  • Inspects food operations at temporary events


Please contact the BCHD for current fee page and applications 740-695-1202

Temporary Food Checklist

Temporary Food Operations

Description: A food operation that is operated for a maximum of five (5) consecutive days and no more than 10 times per year, not otherwise licensed as a permanent or mobile food operation.

Licensing: Temporary food operations require a separate food license for each event and location. No more than ten (10) temporary licenses are allowed per organization/individual per year.

Prior to operating a temporary food operation, you must complete and submit a Temporary Food License Application.  Please contact BCHD for more information and to request an application 1-740-695-1202.

Clean-up Guidance for Vomit/Fecal Accidents in Food Service Operations

Foodborne Illness Questions

Foodborne Illness Reporting

Program Information

There are hundreds of microorganisms and chemicals that can cause illness through food or water. Any illness that is caused by eating contaminated food or water is considered a foodborne illness.

The BCHD investigates cases of foodborne illness to discover and correct problems in the food production and distribution system and prevent future illness. Consumers and business owners can help by reporting illnesses they suspect might be foodborne.

Foodborne Illnesses

The onset of illness can be almost immediate or up to 70 days, depending on the cause. Some common symptoms are diarrhea, fever, vomiting, jaundice (yellow skin color) and sore throat with fever.

What is it?
Food Poisoning Causes –
A-Z Index for Foodborne Illness – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Reporting Illness

Reporting Illnesses for Consumers
The BCHD takes all complaints regarding food borne illness and food safety seriously. If you believe that you have become ill from something you ate, we would like to know.

  • Please call 740-695-1202 and report it.

Mobile Food Units

Plan Review Info


Water Interruption in a Food Service Operation

Power Outage in a Food Service Operation

Sewage Backup in a Food Service Operation

Dogs in Outdoor Dining Areas

  • Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code Chapter 3717-1 of the Ohio Administrative Code.

  • Chapter 3717 of the Ohio Revised Code related to food service operations.

  • Chapter 3701-21 of the Ohio Administrative Code related to food service operations.