Consumer Food Program

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JUNE 30th, 2020 UPDATE: UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, BREWPUBS, BREWERIES, BARS & PUBS HAVE BEEN ORDERED TO CLOSE BY ORDER OF STATE OF CALIFORNIA AND THE FRESNO COUNTY HEALTH OFFICER. See the State of California Department of Public Health COVID 19 Bar Closure Guidance and the Health Officer Order 6-29-2020. Dine-in restaurants, brewpubs, breweries, bars, and pubs that provide sit-down meals shall follow the dine-in restaurant guidance and complete and submit the  COVID-19 Restaurant Operating Procedures (Spanish) if they have not already done so. Takeout and delivery service is encouraged whenever possible. Bar areas within a dine-in restaurant that cannot follow the dine-in restaurant guidance shall close.  See the Health Officer Order for further operational guidance.

Brewpubs, breweries, bars & pubs that do not provide sit-down meals must close immediately. When permitted to do so by the State of California, brewpubs, breweries, bars & pubs must complete the COVID-19 Bar, Winery, Brewpub Operating Procedures and submit your document to the Environmental Health Division prior to re-opening your business to customers.

You may email your completed document to   The document may also be faxed to 559-455-4646.

To assist you in completing this document please review the COVID-19 Industry Guidance; Restaurants, Bars and Wineries.    


The County of Fresno has been granted a variance to proceed further into Stage 2 of the state’s Resilience Roadmap.  This variance will allow restaurants to resume modified dine-in service in accordance with the COVID-19 industry guidelines. 

Prior to re-opening your restaurant for dine-in service, you must complete the COVID-19 Restaurant Operating Procedures (Spanish) and submit your document to the Environmental Health Division. You may email your completed document to  The document may also be faxed to 559-455-4646.

To assist you in completing this document (Spanish) please review the COVID-19 Industry Guidance; Dine-In Restaurants document.  A general checklist for dine-in restaurants is also included.  The checklist is a summary of the guidance document and is designed to assist you in the preparation and implementation of your plan.

If you have any questions about the operating procedures, please contact Environmental Health at 600-3357.

COVID-19 Guidance Regarding Retail Food, Beverage, and Other Related Service Venues (3/16/2020)

The Consumer Food Program

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Fresno County Environmental Health Division's inspection reports are now available online at

The Consumer Food Program is responsible for regulating the operation of approximately 4,600 retail food facilities in Fresno County. Consumer Food Program activities include the:

  • Permitting and inspecting retail food businesses including restaurants, markets, school cafeterias, bakeries, bars, mobile food vendors, and special event food booths.
  • Review of construction plans and inspections of new and remodeled food facilities.
  • Investigation of complaints regarding violations of the California Retail Food Code including unsanitary conditions.
  • Investigation of suspected foodborne illnesses.


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Staff conducts over 11,000 routine inspections yearly. The purpose of these inspections is to ensure that the facilities are operating in compliance with the standards set forth in the California Health and Safety Code for the protection of the public health and safety.

The California Retail Food Code or CalCode, is an excerpt from the California Health and Safety Code that specifies the regulations and standards that must be met by the retail food facilities.

Eating from Unpermitted Food Vendors Can Make You Sick

Fresno County Environmental Health Division wants you to know that eating from illegal street food vendors could be dangerous to your health. These illegal vendors do not have a health permit and are not inspected or approved to operate. As a result, they:

  • Have no way to wash their hands
  • May lack basic food safety knowledge
  • May not have hot or cold temperature control
  • They may get their food from unapproved sources
  • They may also store or prepare food in their home, garage, or back yard
  • The food they sell can be exposed to contamination from:
    • Unwashed hands
    • Bird droppings
    • Insects
    • Dust and dirt
    • Sneezing and coughing
    • Dirty utensils
    • Undercooked foods
  • Bacteria that may be present can grow on their food very easily

Do the right thing, when eating from mobile vendors, always make sure the vendor h2014 permit sticker imageas a permit on the back of their vehicle that looks like this (it is a different color every year).

If there is a sticker, you know they have been inspected and permitted. To be approved to operate, employees must have basic food safety training, the mobile vehicle must have hand washing facilities, proper equipment to hold foods hot and cold safely, proper food protection to avoid contamination, etc.

Print this flyer and distribute to your family and friends that may purchase food from illegal vendors.


Location: 1221 Fulton Street, 3rd Floor
Mailing Address: PO Box 11867, Fresno CA 93775-1867 
Phone: (559) 600-3357
Fax: (559) 600-7629


Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
(Closed 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm)