The Fond du Lac County Health Department (FCHD) is an agent for the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. We regulate and license food service establishments, public swimming pools and other water attractions, lodging facilities, campgrounds, recreational education camps, tattoo and body piercing establishments, food vending operations, and school food service programs.
Our program goal is to have establishments that provide safe food and recreational opportunities for those who live, work, and visit Fond du Lac County.
1. Do I need a license to operate my business?
You need a license to operate a:
- retail food establishment
- temporary food stand
- mobile food establishment
- beverage establishment (tavern)
- hotel, motel, bed & breakfast establishment, tourist room house
- public swimming pool, whirlpool
- campground, recreational camp
- tattoo and body piercing establishment
2. How do I obtain a license?
a. Complete the application form appropriate for the business that you are planning to operate.
- Food service (Restaurant, bar, etc.): Fond du Lac County Restaurant & Retail License Application
- Food Truck: Mobile Food Establishment License Application
- Temporary food service (for carnivals, fairs, short term events): Temporary Food Service License Application
- Lodging (hotels, motels, B&B’s, short term rentals); Campgrounds; Recreational camps; Swimming pools (pools, hot tubs, water attractions); Body art shops: Lodging, Recreational, & Body Art License Application
b. Complete a Plan Review.
- Review the the building plan of the establishment. The entire establishment must comply with State and local regulations, including zoning regulations: Plan Review Checklist and Guide
c. Complete a menu review if the establishment will be serving food items.
d. Schedule a Pre-Inspection with the Health Department
- Call 920-929-3085 and ask to talk to someone from the Environmental Health Program.
- Pre-Inspection Fees:
- A one-time, pre-inspection fee is required prior to approval of the license.
- This charge is required when:
- A new establishment is opened.
- There is a change of ownership of an existing establishment.
- Annual Fees:
- All Fond du Lac County Health Department licenses expire each year on June 30th.
- Health permits run from July 1 to June 30 and the fee is not pro-rated.
4. What is the fee schedule?
- License fees 2019-2020
5. What if I have a safety concern about a licensed establishment?
- Contact the Health Department about your concern. Your complaint will be investigated.
- FDL County Online Restaurant Inspection Reports
- Wisconsin State- wide Online Restaurant Inspection Reports
- Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection- information on food and recreational licenses
- Department of Safety and Professional Services- information on body art licenses
Fond du Lac County Health Department is located at the City/County Government Center on the 3rd floor
Office Hours: 8:00am-4:30pm Monday through Friday
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