F&FS also reviews facility plans, investigates requests of unsanitary conditions and poor food handling practices, and provides educational information to workers to help prevent foodborne illnesses.
F&FS is responsible for enforcing state statutes and local ordinances governing a number of different types of facilities:
Restaurants and Drink Stands
Pushcarts and Mobile Food Units
Private and Public School Lunchrooms
Private and Public School Buildings
Catered Elderly Nutrition Sites
Limited Food Service Facilities
Lodging Facilities (hotels, motels, and bed and breakfast)
Public Swimming Pools
Rest Homes and Nursing Homes
Home Day Care Facilities
Residential Care Facilities (group homes and family foster homes)
Local Confinement Facilities (jails)
Adult Day Care Homes
Services and Resources
The information below is intended to be used by food establishment workers that prepare and serve food. It is intended to aid in preparing food free of organisms that can cause illness.
2021 North Carolina Food Code Changes
- Summary of Changes: English | Spanish | Chinese
- Demonstration of Knowledge: English | Spanish | Chinese
- Food Employee Reporting Agreement: English | Spanish | Chinese
- Vomit or Diarrhea Clean-up: English | Spanish | Chinese
- Vomit or Diarrhea Clean-up Flyer
Food Service Operator References
- Dry Storage Calculator
- Refrigeration Calculator
- Hot Water Calculator
- Plan Review Manual
- Plan Review for Chains/Franchises
Mobile Food Unit – is a food establishment or pushcart designed to be readily moved and vend food. Approval of food items being prepared and sold off a mobile food unit is directly proportional to the presence of mandatory equipment located within the unit and/or at the affiliated commissary. Reference rule 15A NCAC 18A .2672 for minimum construction and design expectations for permitted mobile food units.
Pushcart – is a mobile piece of equipment or vehicle used to vend food. Pushcart menus are restricted to the service of hot dogs and similar pre-cooked encased meats along with their associated condiments, pre-packaged drinks and snacks. Reference rule 15A NCAC 18A .2671 for minimum construction and design expectations for permitted pushcarts.
Mobile Food Units and Pushcarts Resources
- Mobile Food Unit and Push Cart Flow Chart
- Mobile Food Unit and Pushcart Regulations
- Mobile Food and Pushcart Application Packet
Shared Use Kitchens
Temporary Food Establishments - food service operators at festivals, public exhibitions and special events.
Limited Food Service Establishments - For use at park or school concessions stands, and at lodging establishments that offer a limited menu.
Our TFE application process and forms have changed. - Beginning July 1, 2023, our office will only accept the updated TFE Organizer Application (Rev. 2023) and TFE Vendor Application (Rev. 2023). Old application forms will not be accepted after June 30th, 2023. The Event Organizer must submit the “TFE Event Organizer Application” and “TFE Vendor Applications” as one complete package. If the event taking place has more than 8 food vendors, an in person or virtual meeting is required. Please send all applications to [email protected] . The email address provided is monitored for application submittal only. See below for the updated applications.
Temporary Food Establishment
- Quick Reference Checklist
- Food Vendor Application
- Event Organizer Application
- Commissary Application
- Exemptions and Exceptions
- Permitting Process
Limited Food Service Establishments
Food Safety Manager Resources
Food Storage Order Guide for a Reach-In Refrigerator -
Food Process Variance
Employee Health Poster -