Food Control Office

Attention: Currently the Health Department Building is closed to the public.  Applications, paperwork, and fees may be mailed by USPS, FedEx or UPS.  There is also a black Drop Box outside Entrance A, which is being checked regularly.

UPDATES FOR FOOD SERVICE FACILITIES ABOUT THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) 6/12/2020:

Temporary Food Permit Processing

The Food Control Office will resume processing a limited number of Temporary Foodservice Permits. In order to be issued a Temporary Foodservice Permit, a Public Event must meet certain criteria of operating safely during the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic. Additionally, a Public Event must be able to operate in compliance with current State of MD Executive Orders, MDH Directive and Orders, County Executive Orders, Health Officer Directive and Orders, as well as obtain approvals from any other local regulatory agency required.

Frederick County Health Department is not the decision making authority regarding whether or not an event can take place in compliance with current orders. Questions regarding whether or not an event is permitted to take place in compliance with current orders should be directed to the Maryland State Police at COVID.MDSP@maryland.gov. Verification from Maryland State Police and/or Local Law Enforcement that an event may take place may be required in order to process a Temporary Foodservice Permit.

*Facilities requesting to add or expand outdoor seating areas should apply with the permit/ inspections office of their local jurisdiction.

Face Covering Order for all business employees and clients takes effect April 18, 2020.

Guidance for Retail Food Service Industry

Preparing to Re-Open After Closure or Partial Closure

Employee COVID-19 Exposure or Confirmed Positive Test

Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidance

Best Practices and Guidance

Best Practices and Guidance for Flushing of Water After a Shutdown

Other Agency Sites and Resources

Code of Maryland (COMAR 10.15.03)

The Food Control Office enforces the Maryland Code of Regulations that applies to Food service Facilities, COMAR 10.15.03.  It is responsible for the regulation, licensure and inspection of facilities that prepare and/or provide food to the public in Frederick County. These facilities can be permanent or temporary, including:

  • restaurants
  • caterers
  • schools
  • nursing homes
  • carnival stands
  • farmers markets
  • concession stands
  • food trucks (Current Licensed Mobile Units)
  • grocery stores
  • country butcherings 
  • fair vendors

Licensed Environmental Health Specialists from this office investigate complaints involving food service facilities and Maryland Clean Indoor Act violations as well.  They also conduct sanitary surveys within schools and assist with the inspections of assisted living facilities.

Our office staff is responsible for reviewing plans for the construction or alterations of food service facilities.

Forms, Helpful Links & Information


Food Safety

Food Choking Information

Maryland Annotated Code, Health General 21-326 requires all Food Service Facilities that prepare food and provide seating for patrons post a diagram on the use of manual maneuvers to prevent asphyxiation due to choking.  

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Food Allergy Awareness

Effective March 1, 2014, Maryland Annotated Code, Health General 21-330.2(A) requires all food service facilities to prominently display a Food Allergy Awareness poster in the staff area of the facility. Additional information regarding food allergies and awareness can be found at Food Allergy Awareness - Spanish

Food Allergies

Food Allergies Spanish Alergias Alimenticias

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