Food Services Overview

The Food Division of the St. Joseph County Health Department is charged with enforcing the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) Retail Food Sanitation Requirements 410-IAC 7-24 along with Chapter 117: St. Joseph County Food Establishments.

In St. Joseph County there are 1,300 permitted establishments which receive unannounced inspections routinely throughout the year to ensure the retail food establishments are following safe food handling practices.

Additionally, food vendors who participate in a temporary event(s) (fair, etc) receive inspections during the event.

During food borne illness outbreak investigations, the food division collaborates with the nursing division, epidemiologist, and ISDH field epidemiologist. Investigation of other non-food borne illness complaints are completed when the complainant provides the date, and time of the visit to the retail food establishment.

Pool Program Overview

The Food Services Division also oversees the pool program, permitting and inspecting public and semi-public swimming pools and spas. Inspections follow the Indiana State Department of Health 2003 Public and Semi-Public Swimming Pools Rule 410 IAC 6-2.1 (August 26, 2010 revision) and St. Joseph County Code Chapter 95: Public/Semi-Public Pools and Spas.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security’s Division of Fire and Building Safety reviews and approves plans for the construction of swimming pools and spas. St. Joseph County Health Department permits are processed after the completion of pool construction, satisfactory water sampling report submission, and inspection. Annual and seasonal pool and spa permits are renewed in April of each year.

  • Food Services Division

    Monday – Friday | 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m                                            (payments accepted until 4 p.m.)

    (574) 235-9721

Food Services Documents

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Plan & Review Application

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Food Permit Application

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Temporary Food Permit Application

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Temporary Vendor Guidelines

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Temporary Event Plan & Review

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Planning Guide For Mobile Food Trucks

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Mobile Food Truck Plan & Review

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Mobile Application

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Commissary Agreement

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Push-Cart Guidelines

Pool Documents

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Pool/Spa Application

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Injury/Illness Report

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Pool Record of Operation

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Pool Contamination Incident Record

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Indiana Pool Rule

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St. Joseph County Pool Rule