Retail Food Establishments

COVID19 Related Restaurant Closure

As of 8am on March 19, 2020, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has amended Public Health Order 20-22. The Order bans all on-premises consumption through April 30th for all restaurants, bars, gyms, theaters, casinos, and hotel dining services that are not in-room. This includes all restaurants, coffeehouses, bars, taverns, breweries, and tastings rooms. This does not apply to grocery stores, markets, convenience stores, pharmacies, or food pantries.

 This Guidance details the following requirements for implementation of this order:

  • All food and beverage shall be offered by delivery, window, walk-up, or drive-through service.
  • Facilities must not allow the consumption of ANY food or beverage on the premises
  • Up to 5 members of the public are allowed onsite to pick up food or place an order, given specific precautions are taken by the facility to maintain a 6-foot distance.
  • If patrons place orders onsite, facilities must require them to wait off-premises or in their car for their food
  • Outdoor seating areas may only be used as additional queuing areas with 6-foot separation, and take-out food shall not be consumed in these areas.


To protect staff, restaurants should continue to diligently follow all standard elements of retail food regulations, and can also implement the following safety recommendations when allowing patrons to pick up food:

  • Maintain 6 feet distance between staff and the patron
  • Request the patron use hand sanitizer prior to touching pens or card readers
  • Provide a bin with clean/sanitized pens and bin for used pens
  • Ensure staff are vigilant in not touching their face while interacting with patrons
  • Wipe down commonly touched surfaces between patrons with a standard quaternary ammonia based or chlorine based sanitizer solution. Ensure staff are wearing gloves while cleaning and washing their hands immediately after

Opening, Remodeling, or Transferring Ownership of a Retail Food Establishment (Restaurant, Food Truck, Grocery, or Catering)

If you are interested in opening a new facility, remodeling an existing facility, or transferring ownership of a current facility, download the appropriate plan review forms. State statute requires plans be submitted to this department prior to any substantial alteration to premises or menu. 

Find Forms Here

There is a minimum 14 day processing time for all plan review applications. This may not include additional licensing steps after plan review.

If you have any questions about which form to use, or how to fill them out, contact us. Please keep in mind for your timeline that there are several steps after application prior to licensing, which may include a pre-operational inspection as necessary. 

Scan and submit your paperwork via email to, OR by mail, along with a $100 application fee. The fee can be mailed, or paid over the phone. 

Plan reviews initiated after January 1, 2020 will also be assessed a $50 plan review fee. 

To pay by credit card or e-check over the phone, call our office during business hours at (970) 725-3288. There is a $1 processing fee for e-check, and a $0.75 + 2.25% processing fee for credit cards.  

2019 Season Temporary Event Permits

Earlier this year Grand County Public Health announced the intention to create a temporary event licensing program. We are currently in the process of building policies and procedures across all aspects of program management, including events. 

For the 2019 season, Grand County will have no formal permitting process for retail food booths at temporary events. 

*Mobile food trucks still fall under statewide licensing requirements; see below.

We will be developing a program through field data collection, gathering stakeholder feedback, and holding public meetings to discuss potential fee structures. We hope to have a permitting process in place by 2020. Stay tuned for more details!

Report a Concern with a Retail Food Establishment

To report a concern with a restaurant, grocery store, or other retail food establishments, use our online form. Please note that if you wish to report the concern anonymously using the form, you cannot be signed in. 

Go to the Online Form

You may also email or call us at (970) 725-3792.