Food Service

Testing Food Temperatures

The PDDH Food Inspection Program regulates and inspects over 160 food service establishments located in the communities of Oxford, Woodbury and Southbury, Connecticut. We investigate food-borne illness complaints, review applications and perform inspections for food trucks and temporary food booths at carnivals/fairs, and conduct food education seminars for food service workers. We also review plans for new or renovated food service establishments.

Do I need a food service license?

  • A food service license is NOT required if you are selling or handing out ONLY non-perishable, unopened, commercially prepackaged foods to the public at an event. A license is required if you wish to serve samples.
  • If you are operating a restaurant, bakery, retail food store, deli, convenience store, bar, or similar establishment, you must have a Food Service License. Submit a Food Service License Application. You may also have to undergo a Food Service Plan Review.
  • If you are holding a bake sale, you must submit a Temporary Food License Application for Bake Sales
  • If you are a food vendor, food truck, a food cart or another type of mobile food vendor, you must submit a Temporary and Mobile Food Service License Application. This license can be issued for 1 day or all the way up to one year.
  • If you are a non-profit organization, a church, a civic organization, or similar and you want to sell or hand out food to the public that you have prepared or handled in some way, you must submit theTemporary and Mobile Food Service License Application. This license will typically be issued for one day. There is no fee for non-profit organizations, churches, civic groups.

2019 FDA Food Code Adoption

It is expected that the State of CT will adopt the FDA Food Code Model in January, 2019. Here is some useful information pertaining to that change.

Where Can I Obtain a Food Protection Manager Certificate?

CT Dept of Public Health List of Courses & Exams

CT Restaurant Association - ServeSafe

American Food Safety Institute