Guidelines for a New Operator

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All owners of a newly constructed establishment or new owners of an existing business must obtain a license from Outagamie County Public Health Division. Below is a step-by-step process that should be used to ensure everything is completed properly and items are not missed that could delay the grand opening.

FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS

1. Plan Review
Before opening to the public, Outagamie County Public Health Division must review the building plans or floor plan layout to ensure compliance regarding the building structure, equipment and plumbing. The Facility Checklist [PDF] is a tool to ensure the necessary items are covered. Use this checklist to verify the code requirements are being met before construction begins.

Also, the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has a guide for new food business owners.

Submit the following information:
  • One copy of blueprints or floor plan layout 
  • Listing of equipment
  • Proposed menu
  • Contact name and phone number
  • Completed Facility Checklist
  • Name, certificate number, and expiration date of Certified Food Manager

Submit to:
Outagamie County Public Health Division
320 S. Walnut Street
Appleton, WI 54911

Or email to:

HHSPublicHealthEH@outagamie.org

2. Obtain and Review Applicable Codes

Go to the Licensing and Inspection page to review the Codes that are applicable to your business.  Additional information is posted and can be viewed.

3. Submit Fees and Food License Application

Complete the Outagamie County Establishment License Application. Submit the required fees and completed application to Outagamie County Public Health Division.  

4. Contact Other Departments

It is suggested to contact the city or township where your food establishment will be located to ask about local ordinances, requirements or permits that are needed before opening.

5. Schedule a Pre-Inspection

Contact Outagamie County Public Health Division at least two weeks before opening day to schedule a pre-inspection. 

Are you ready for your pre-inspection?  Use this check-list as a guide to ensure the necessary items are present during the inspection.



OTHER LICENSED ESTABLISHMENTS

1. Plan Review

Before opening to the public, Outagamie County Public Health Division must review the building plans or facility layout to ensure compliance regarding the building structure, equipment and plumbing. Submit the following information:

  • One copy of blueprints or a layout
  • Listing of equipment
  • Contact name and phone number

Submit to:
Outagamie County Public Health Division
320 S. Walnut Street
Appleton, WI 54911

or email to:

HHSPublicHealthEH@outagamie.org

2. Obtain and Review Applicable Codes

Go to the Licensing and Inspection page to review the Codes that are applicable to your business.

3. Submit Fees and License Application

Complete the Outagamie County Establishment License Application. Submit the required fees and completed application to Outagamie County Public Health Division.

 4. Contact Other Departments

It is suggested to contact the city or township where your establishment will be located to ask about local ordinances, requirements or permits that are needed before opening.