141 Yavapai County food establishments have earned the 2011 Golden Plate Award.
Inspectors conduct routine and follow-up inspections, as well as opening inspections for new or change of ownership food establishments, to ensure food safety procedures are in place. Inspectors also conduct investigations when they receive concerns from the public on food establishments.
A food facility may need a follow-up inspection if a critical violation(s) of the food code is found. If the violation is an imminent health hazard, the facility may be immediately closed. The license may be revoked for repeat critical violations. Food establishments are regulated under the Arizona Food Code, Arizona Administrative Code and Yavapai County Health Code.
“Mobile Food Unit” means a vehicle-mounted food service establishment designed to be readily moveable. This term includes self-propelled kitchens and trailer-mounted kitchens.
“Push Cart” means a non-self-propelled vehicle limited to serving only non-potentially hazardous foods or commissary-wrapped food maintained at proper temperature, or limited to the preparation and serving of frankfurters.
A plan review is required to license Mobile Food Units and Push Carts in Yavapai County. When you submit the plan review application, you will also need to pay a plan review fee (fee schedule). The application can be found in the Mobile Food Unit Application Package. The Mobile Food Unit application package contains detailed information on requirements for Mobile Food Units and Push Carts. It is possible that the plan review fee will be waived if the Push Cart or Mobile Food Unit has previously been licensed in Yavapai County. To speed up the licensing process, you may also submit your commissary agreement, annual license application and the annual license application fee at this time.
Plan reviews are required for all construction of new food establishments and remodeling projects.
For Restaurants, Grocery Stores, Schools and all other food establishments
Review of food establishment plans helps ensure that the proposed food establishment, modification, or extensive remodel will substantially meet the requirements of the Arizona Food Code and Yavapai County Health Code. All food establishments must have plans reviewed and approved before starting construction. There is a plan review application and fee required for all plan reviews. Food establishments are regulated under the Arizona Food Code, Arizona Administrative Code and Yavapai County Health Code.
Any remodeling that will alter the size of the food prep area and addition or deletion of equipment, plumbing, wastewater lines, or plumbing fixtures such as sinks, requires a plan review. Minor remodeling, such as painting, new flooring, decorating the dining area, replacing equipment or fixtures with the same or similar equipment or fixture, does not need to be reviewed by the Environmental Health Unit. If in doubt, please email or call your local Environmental Health office.
If you are thinking about building or remodeling your facility, our construction guide can provide you a general overview of the requirements. However, it is recommended you contact us for specific requirements.
Building or Remodeling a Food Facility
Changing Ownership of a Food Facility
Food has the potential of causing food-borne illness if not handled properly. Hazards include: improper holding temperature, poor personal hygiene, improper cooling, cross-contamination and foods from an unapproved source.
Everyone in Yavapai County who sells or gives food away to the public.
Yes, see Fee Schedule.
To improve food safety, thus protecting the public from foodborne illness.
Our inspectors use education for help food businesses to attain increased food safety.
We have offices in Prescott, Prescott Valley and Cottonwood offices.
Contact the Yavapai County Environmental Health Unit for more information.