Food Service

Food establishments and vending locations, which dispense food and drinks to the public, are routinely inspected. Food service operators and food service personnel are consulted on the safe handling and preparation of food. Education of the food service operator on the proper methods of safe food handling is a vital function of the Environmental Health Division. The Sanitarian reviews and approves proposed new and remodeled food service facilities and approves food service licenses. The Grand Traverse County Health Department also investigates instances of possible foodborne illness in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Agriculture. (Authority: Act No. 92 of P.A. 2000.)

ServSafe Certification
The Grand Traverse County Health Department sponsors several ServSafe© food service sanitation courses for food service owners, operators, managers and supervisors throughout the year.  The primary focus of this training is to raise awareness of the importance of food safety and to make food safety training and education as accessible as possible.  Click Here for more information and class dates.

Food Basics Safety Course
This class is offered by the Environmental Health staff several times a year free of charge.  It is designed to give a basic level of understanding of food service handling and regulations.  The next class will be offered on Wednesday October 12th at 9am.  Attendees must register prior to the class.  You can register by calling 231-995-6051 or send an e-mail to

Food Service News

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Toxicology and Response Section has release the 2016 East Safe Fish Guides.  These guides are grouped regionally and break down by county how often it is safe to eat certain fish species from various waterbodies. The MDHHS Lab tests only the edible sections of the fish – primarily the filet – for a large suite of chemical contaminants.  See the guide here.

Partial Plan Reviews can typically be used due to change of ownership whereas the Full Plan Review would typically be a new establishment or major renovation.

The STFU Plan Review packet is for mobile units including Food Trucks.  To qualify for an STFU license, you must be a resident of Grand Traverse County and all operations must take place on the unit unless you are also applying for a commissary license.

If you have any questions as to which packet you may need, please contact our office.