U.S. flag An official website of the United States government
  1. Home
  2. Food
  3. Guidance & Regulation (Food and Dietary Supplements)
  4. Retail Food Protection
  5. Retail Food Industry/Regulatory Assistance & Training
  6. Food Establishment Plan Review Guide
  1. Retail Food Industry/Regulatory Assistance & Training

Food Establishment Plan Review Guide

This food establishment Plan Review document has been developed for the purpose of assisting both regulatory and industry personnel in achieving greater uniformity in the plan review process.

Plan review of food service establishments, retail food stores, and all other food operations, must be maintained as a high priority by all regulatory food agencies for both new and existing facilities.

This document has been developed to serve as a guide in facilitating greater uniformity and ease in conducting plan review whether your position is a regulator or an industry person wishing to build or to expand. You need not be an expert to effectively complete this process.

A good review of plans helps to avoid future problems. By listing and locating equipment on floor plans and diagramming specifications for electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems, potential problems can be spotted while still on paper and modifications made BEFORE costly purchases, installation and construction.

The Conference for Food Protection (CFP) brings together representatives from the food industry, government, academia, and consumer organizations to identify and address emerging problems of food safety and to formulate recommendation. As part of the CFP process, The CFP may form a Committee that is charged with producing a guidance document related to retail food safety.  The guidance documents are drafted through a representative Committee process and submitted back to the CFP for final review and approval.  The guidance documents may be used by the FDA, other regulatory agencies, the food industry and may be referenced in the Food Code.  They are available to any interested parties.

Conference for Food Protection: Plan Review for Food Establishments 2016

Temporary Food Establishments

Conference for Food Protection: Temporary Food Establishments 2011



Get regular FDA email updates delivered on this topic to your inbox.

Back to Top