Consumer Protection

Retail Food

Our retail food program oversees restaurant licensing, the plan review process, education/training, inspections, and complaints. If you are interested in opening a new restaurant, remodeling an existing restaurant, or transferring ownership of a current restaurant, you can find all necessary forms below. 

Grand County Environmental Health Fee Schedule and methods of payment (now accepting online payments)

What kind of retail food license do I need?

What type of operation are you? Cottage, Retail, or Wholesale?

New Restaurant Build or New Ownership with Remodeling

Grand County Plan Review Application

2023 Retail Food License Application

Change of Ownership with No Remodeling

2023 Retail Food License Application submit and contact or call 970-725-3288 to schedule a pre-operational inspection. Change of ownerships will be charged per GCEH fee schedule.

New Food Truck/Push Cart, Remodeling, and New Ownership

Grand County Mobile Plan Review Application

Grand County Commissary Agreement

2023 Retail Food License Application

A plan review application should be submitted for the proposed retail food facility. Please e-mail to or mail to PO Box 264 Hot Sulphur Springs, CO 80451. The plan review application fee is $100, refer to GCEH fee schedule for methods of payment. The department will respond to your plans within 14 business days of receipt. Submittal of incomplete/incorrect plans or non-payment of the application fee may delay final approval. We will issue your approval to operate. You can begin construction or operation when you receive your plan approval letter.

Plan reviews will be charged at a hourly review rate per GCEH fee schedule on top of the $100 application fee. Change of ownerships will be charged per GCEH fee schedule. Invoices will be provided prior to opening and issuance of retail food license. 


Required manager level food safety training can be found at StateFoodSafety. Further food safety resources such as food code regulations, food handling signs, and guidance documents can be found at CDPHE Retail Food Resources.

Temporary Food at Special Events

Grand County will be permitting special events with food vendors in 2023 reference link for more information and applications. 

Cottage Foods

Cottage foods are limited types of homemade food products that can be sold directly to informed consumers without licensing or inspections. These food items can include honey, jams, muffins, cookies, and other items. For more information on what food items can be sold as cottage foods and the specific requirements for selling cottage foods in Colorado please see the Cottage Foods Act.

Manufactured/Wholesale Foods

To manufacture or sell wholesale food items to another retail food facility refer to CDPHE Food Manufacturing.

Retail Food Inspection Reports

View all Grand County Retail Food Inspection Reports.

Food Safety at Home

The environmental health department routinely inspects retail food establishments in an effort to prevent illness when you go out to eat. At home though, food safety is up to you! The following information can help you practice good food safety techniques to keep you and your family safe when cooking at home. For more information on helping you practice good food safety techniques to keep you and your family safe when cooking at home see Food Safety at Home.

Child Care Centers

Grand County licensed child care centers are inspected on a frequent basis for more resources and regulations refer to CDPHE Child Care.


Grand County schools are inspected on a frequent basis to enforce health and safety standards. Inspection frequency is based off of risk factors such as presence of science labs. For more information and regulations refer to CDPHE Schools.