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Food Safety & Inspection
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that each year roughly 1 out of 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick; 128,000 are hospitalized; and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases. These illnesses and deaths cost Americans billions of dollars each year due to medical expenses and loss of productivity.
The Environmental Health Division licenses and inspects over 1,200 food service establishments within Washtenaw County. The purpose of conducting these inspections is to ensure that safe food is being served to the public.
2023 Food License Renewals
The 2022-23 food service licenses expired on April 30, 2023. We mailed out license renewal applications in late March. If you have not received your renewal application, or if you have questions or concerns, please contact our office at [email protected] or 734-222-3800.
Food service licensing fees did not increase for the 2023-24 license. We chose not to adjust fees to the consumer price index (CPI), which would have been a 6.2% increase.
Based on feedback from food service facilities and staff, our late fee structure has been updated. There is now a one week “grace period” after the renewal applications are due. After the grace period, late applications are subject to a $100 per week late fee and further administrative action.
Restaurant Inspection Reports
View restaurant reports for Washtenaw County, University of Michigan and the State of Michigan.
Events & Outdoor Food Service
Anyone who is preparing or serving food to the public needs a license, whether or not they are charging a fee for those foods.
File a Restaurant Complaint
If you have had a negative experience at a food service facility that you would like to report to us.
Report a Foodborne Illness (Food Poisoning)
If you believe you have gotten sick from food you ate at a restaurant or grocery store in Washtenaw County, please call Washtenaw County Environmental Health at 734-222-3800.
Food Service Inspection Program
Learn about the food service inspection program.
Food Manager Certification
Food Service Guidelines
This information is meant to assist those who are considering opening a restaurant in Washtenaw County, and those who are currently operating a restaurant in Washtenaw County.
Opening a Restaurant in Washtenaw County
If you are planning on purchasing or opening a food service establishment in Washtenaw County, there are several steps you must take.
Food Service Plan Review
If you are opening a new food service establishment or remodeling an existing food service establishment, you must go through the Food Service Plan Review Process.
Posters & Monitoring Charts for Restaurants
View monitoring charts, fact sheets, and posters about food safety.
Food Allergy Information
Food allergies or food intolerances affect nearly everyone at some point.
Fats, Oils & Grease (FOG)
When food service providers improperly dispose of fats, oils and grease, byproducts may end up in wastewater treatment plants and stormwater systems.
Subscribe to Food Safety Updates
Subscribe to receive e-mails related to food safety, including information on restaurant regulations, food safety recalls, and the prevention of foodborne illness, as well as a periodic newsletter related to these topics.