Restaurants & Food Industry
Food Service Facility Plan ReviewAn application must be completed and submitted to this Department to initiate the facility plan review process PRIOR to any opening, new construction, remodeling, or change of ownership. Plan review fees are listed on the application.
Facility Plan Review
Annual LicensePrior to opening for business, the food facility must be inspected and approved by both the Division of Health and Neighborhood Services and the Centre Region Code Administration Office. The annual fee for a Health License for Eating Establishment is based on seating capacity and details are available from the Division. Retail food establishments have a different license fee. In addition to the operating license, all food facilities, within three months of opening, must have at least one certified sanitation supervisor.
The Division keeps an up to date list of restaurant and food establishment inspection results. The list includes the name of the establishment, the last date of inspection, whether or not the establishment has a certified employee in food sanitation and safety and whether or not the establishment is in compliance with the Borough's ordinances and the PA Food Code.
Food establishments having a designation of "yes" in the Certification column means that the establishment has a certified employee with the State College Borough Division of Health and Neighborhood Services that has been trained in food sanitation and safety. An establishment having a designation of "no" in the Certification column means that there is not a currently certified sanitation employee with the State College Borough Department of Ordinance Enforcement & Public Health. Sanitation certification is required by Borough ordinance and state law. Restaurants may have up to 90 days to comply with this requirement.
Food establishments designated as "yes" under the Compliance column means there were no improper practices or procedures identified as common contributing factors for causing a food-borne illness or injury.
Establishments designated as "no" under Compliance means improper practices or procedures were identified as common contributing factors for causing food-borne illness or injury. These improper practices or procedures are ordered corrected and the State College Borough Division of Health and Neighborhood Services will conduct a follow-up inspection to ensure that the violations are corrected and brought into compliance. Time for re-inspections varies depending on the nature and severity of the violations.
Complete inspection reports are available at the State College Borough of the Division of Health and Neighborhood Services, 243 South Allen Street, State College, PA 16801, during normal business hours. Interested persons are requested to make an appointment to review any of the inspections reports.
Please keep in mind that any inspection is a “snapshot” of the day of the inspection. The inspection conducted on a given day may not be representative of the overall, long-term operation of the establishment. Also, at the time of the inspection, violations are noted but may be corrected during the inspection and no further action is necessary.
For more information, the Division of Health and Neighborhood Services can be contacted at (814) 234-7191, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (excluding holidays).