Food Premises Operators

As a food premises operator, it’s important to understand:

  • Your roles and responsibilities
  • The steps to get approval for your food premises
  • How to operate your food premises safely to help prevent food-borne illness

Foods that are not handled safely could cause a food-borne illness.

Legal requirements for operating a food premises

In Ontario, food premises must meet the requirements of the Ontario Food Premises Regulation (R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 562). This regulation sets the rules that food premises must follow to make sure their food is kept safe. Some of it is specific to the food, like cooking temperatures. Other rules cover things like the condition of the building and the types of equipment that need to be used. All of these things together are very important, and have an impact on how safe your food is. It is the responsibility of everyone working in food premises to make sure they know the rules that apply to them and to follow those rules.

New food premises operators

If you are a new food premises or are moving your food business, you are required to notify the Huron County Health Unit of your intent to open. This can be done by filling out the intent to operate a food premise form.


If you have a question, call us at 519.482.3416 or toll-free at 1.877.837.6143. Ask to speak to a public health inspector on the Environmental Health team.