Owners & Managers Notices & FAQs - Restaurant Inspections
August, 2023 - Attention All Food Establishment Owners
It has come to the attention of the Health Officer and Registered Environmental Health Specialists that the rating placards are not visibly seen to customers at the entrance to the restaurants and stores. Please be advised in accordance with the Englewood Health Code, placards are to be displayed in the following ways:
[Amended 2-10-2016 by Ord. No. 16-02]
- The license or permit issued by the Board shall be displayed in a conspicuous place in the establishment, premises or other place for which the same is issued, and shall likewise be so displayed on every vehicle or conveyance so licensed, for the period that the said license or permit shall be in force, unless the Board shall otherwise prescribe.
- The inspection evaluation placard must be posted in one of the following prominent locations clearly visible to the patron:
- The main entrance door from four to six feet off the ground or floor;
- A front window within five feet of the main entrance;
- A display case mounted on the outside wall within five feet of the main entrance;
- If there is no direct entrance to the street, the Health Department shall determine an appropriate posting location in prominent public viewing.
The Englewood Health Department's Inspectors will be reviewing placement of the placards to ensure compliance.
Thank you for you cooperation in advance.
August, 2023 - Atención a todos los dueños de establecimientos de comida
Ha llamado la atención del Oficial de Salud y el Especialista en Salud Ambiental Registrado que los carteles de calificación no son visibles para los clientes en la entrada de los restaurantes y tiendas. Tenga en cuenta que, de acuerdo con el Código de Salud de Englewood, los carteles deben exhibirse en las siguientes maneras:
§ 500-6 Pantalla Requerida (página web en Ingles)
[Modificado el 10-2-2016 por Ord. n. º 16-02]
- La licencia o permiso expedido por la Junta se exhibirá en un lugar visible del establecimiento, local u otro lugar para el cual se expida, y así mismo se exhibirá en todo vehículo o medio de transporte con licencia, por el período que dicho la licencia o permiso estará en vigor, a menos que la Junta disponga lo contrario.
- El cartel de evaluación de la inspección debe colocarse en uno de los siguientes lugares destacados claramente visibles para el cliente:
- La puerta de entrada principal de cuatro a seis pies del suelo o piso;
- Una ventana frontal a menos de cinco pies de la entrada principal;
- Una vitrina montada en la pared exterior a menos de cinco pies de la entrada principal;
- Si no hay una entrada directa a la calle, el Departamento de Salud determinará un lugar de publicación apropiado en una vista pública prominente.
Los inspectores del Departamento de Salud de Englewood revisarán la ubicación de los carteles para garantizar el cumplimiento.
Gracias por su cooperación,
- Do I need a food establishment license?
A food establishment license is required for any operation that stores, prepares, packages, serves, or sells food directly to the consumer, or provides food for human consumption. This includes, but is not limited to restaurants, grocery stores, school cafeterias, long-term care facilities, daycare centers, and mobile food units.
Licenses are required for new food establishments. Licenses are also required whenever there is a change of ownership. Licenses must be renewed each year. Please include an application processing fee based on your category/type and size (fee schedule range of $250 to $750; late fees are $50 for licenses $200 or less or $100 for licenses over $250), made payable to Englewood Health Department, with the license application. Mail or deliver completed applications to the Englewood Health Department at 73 South Van Brunt Street, Englewood, New Jersey 07631.
Applications are available from the Englewood Health Department.
- Do I need a license to sell food at an event?
Yes, you need to obtain a temporary food license for special events such as fairs and festivals. Each food vendor must submit an application and an application processing fee at least 10 days before the date of the event based on an inspection fee and set-up fee schedule (application fee for up to 3 consecutive days is $75 (including 1 inspection; application fee for up to 10 consecutive days is $125 (including 1 inspection; application fee for Farmers Market is $50 per season; application fee for Portable toilet is $15 for the first toilet; application additional portable toilet at the same location is $5 each; Set-up Deposit fee is $60 and refundable upon timely set-up for actual inspection (for all licenses), and Inspection Fee for 501c3 agencies is $30 (with 501c3 certificates)). Applications are available from the Englewood Health Department, or you may download the Guidelines for Issuing a Temporary Food Service License - English (PDF) or Guidelines for Issuing a Temporary Food Service License - Spanish (PDF).
- What is the New Jersey Sanitary Code?
The New Jersey Sanitary Code is known as NJAC 8:24-1 and entitled "Chapter 24 Sanitation in Retail Food Establishments and Food and Beverage Vending Machines". The New Jersey Sanitary Code serves as a guide for state, county, and local agencies that regulate restaurants and retail food operations. This document represents the best-known information about safe food storage, handling, and operations in the State of New Jersey.
- What types of inspections does the Englewood Health Department conduct?
There are six types of inspections:
- Routine: unannounced, comprehensive inspection of the entire physical establishment and all aspects of safe food handling practices.
- Follow-up: unannounced inspection conducted for the purpose of re-inspecting items that were not in compliance at the time of routine, critical procedures, or complaint inspection.
- Complaint Investigation: unannounced inspection performed in response to a complaint received by the health department.
- Risk Factor Assessment: unannounced inspection to evaluate foodborne illness risk factors and to determine compliance with priority items of the regulations.
- Pre-opening: scheduled inspection to approve a newly constructed or remodeled establishment (or installation of new equipment) prior to a permit being issued and an establishment beginning operation.
- Training: scheduled inspection during which formal food safety training is provided to employees of a food establishment. This can also be a mock inspection.
- Who conducts the inspections?
Public Health inspectors, also known as Registered Environmental Health Specialists (REHS), conduct inspections in Englewood. Public Health Inspectors are professionals who receive special training in food safety and sanitation. All Public Health Inspectors must hold a bachelor's degree or higher with at least 30 hours of coursework in the physical sciences. In addition, inspectors must pass the New Jersey REHS licensure examination and maintain continuing education credits annually.
- Do I need Health Department permission to add on to my facility?
If you plan to add on to your facility, you will need to submit new plans to the Englewood Health Department for review. Applications are available from the Health Department, or you may download the application here. The application fee is $75.
- Do I need Health Department permission to buy new equipment?
When purchasing new equipment, you should always purchase commercial equipment that is designed and constructed to be durable, smooth, and easy to clean. It should retain its characteristic qualities under normal use conditions. It is best to receive Englewood Health Department approval before purchasing.