Dependent Food Service Operation
What is a dependent food service operator? A dependent food service operator is any person or business who engages in a lease or rental agreement with the permit holder of a permitted food establishment, or Shared Permanent Food Facility, to use the shared permanent food facility to perform food production and/or food service operations, and who supplies food and related services to the general public.
If you do not have a restaurant or other similar food facility under permit with this Department and you wish to utilize a shared permanent food facility to perform your food production or food service operations, then you are a dependent food service operator.
A dependent food service operator may be a mobile food facility operator, a temporary food facility (food booth) operator, may provide direct sales of food products at the leased or rented permitted food establishment or host facility, or may perform off-site catering operations.
Shared Permanent Food Facilities
What is a shared permanent food facility? EHS has identified two general types of permanent food facilities that may be approved to share their facilities whereby a dependent food facility operator may obtain a health permit:
- Commissaries are intentionally designed to be used by mobile food facilities such that the operational requirements of the mobile food facility can be achieved.
- Existing Retail Permanent Food Facilities can be used by caterers, food entrepreneurs, small-scale food producers, and temporary food facility (food booth) operators who prepare foods in advance of a community event (as opposed to within their temporary food facility during the community event).
A shared permanent food facility may be a permitted commissary or any other permitted retail permanent food facility, such as a market or restaurant, wherein the permit holder leases or rents kitchen facilities to dependent food service operators. The shared permanent food facility must possess the adequate space and equipment necessary for the safe operation of the dependent food facility. This permanent food facility operator will possess an approved permanent food facility permit.