2021 Food Establishment Licensing

2021 Food Establishment Licensing 

The 2020 pandemic has been devastating. More than 5000 Coloradoans have lost their lives, and it has had a major impact on businesses, particularly restaurants and bars. To help offset some of this impact, Senate Bill 20B-001 provides funding to support brick and mortar restaurants and bars that were most impacted by seating capacity restrictions as part of statewide public health orders. The bill allows the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment to contract with local public health agencies to provide state funding in lieu of local Health Departments charging annual licensing fees to these establishments. Restaurants and bars that are covered by Senate Bill 20B-001 should have already received their 2021 retail food establishment licenses. 

Unfortunately, not all food establishments are covered under Senate Bill 20B-001. These operations are required to renew their retail food licenses to operate in 2021. The establishments required to renew their licenses have been mailed renewal applications. Failure to renew the license may result in the Health Department having to issue penalties for operating without a valid license. The renewal applications need to be returned to the Health Department as soon as possible to avoid paying late fees.   

The Health Department will be resuming food safety inspections as resources permit. Inspections will be conducted on-site or some virtually. Please check our website and your email for updates.  

For questions about retail food establishment licensing and inspections call 970-498-6776. 

The food safety program protects public health by working to reduce the factors that cause most foodborne illnesses, ensuring that food sold and served to the public is free of contamination and spoilage and promoting compliance with state food safety laws and regulations through education and enforcement.

Food Safety...

  • Licenses and inspects restaurants, grocery stores, delis, concession stands. food processors, mobile food units and pushcarts.
  • Reviews construction plans and inspect new or extensively remodeled food establishments and ones that are changing owners.
  • Investigates foodborne outbreaks and follow ups on consumer complaints
  • Coordinates food safety training for restaurant managers and staff in partnership with Colorado State University Extension.
  • Maintains the Restaurant Inspection Database for the public.

Food Safety-COVID-19 Safety

  • Require all staff and visitors including suppliers and delivery persons to stay home if they are sick with symptoms of COVID-19
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water for 20 seconds when first arriving at work, after using the restroom, before and after eating and frequently throughout the day. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
    • Provide alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60 percent alcohol) for customers by placing them at convenient/accessible locations.
  • Require all staff to wear face coverings while working
  • Use sanitizing solution (i.e., one teaspoon of unscented household bleach in a gallon of cool water, there is no need to change the ratio of bleach to water to kill coronavirus. If in doubt, please follow the instructions on the bottle) to frequently sanitize commonly touched objects and surfaces such as card readers, countertops, dining tables, doorknobs, electronics, faucet handles, and menus frequently throughout the day. Change chlorine-based sanitizing solution at least once every four hours.
  • Ensure dishwasher and/or three-compartment sinks are used properly and have the appropriate level of sanitizer for final rinse (50-100 PPM chlorine-based sanitizer, follow the directions on the product label)
  • Ensure sneeze guards are in place where required

For more information and guidance for retail food establishments in regards to COVID-19, please click here.

Food Safety Program

(970) 498-6775