Food Service/Food Establishments


This division licenses and inspects all businesses involved in retail food sales in Sandusky County, with the exception of Bellevue City. These businesses include restaurants, groceries, schools, carry-outs, food booths at festivals, vending machines, food trailers, drug stores and retail stores. Also, we investigate complaints and possible food-borne disease outbreaks. Our inspections are based on the Uniform Retail Ohio Food Safety Code, which was implemented on March 1, 2001.


Temporary Food Requirements

Temporary Foods Application

Application for a license to conduct a vending machine location

Food License Application


For a new operation, you will need:

Facility Layout and Equipment Packet


Plan Review Application


To see Ohio’s Food Code for yourself:

Ohio Food Code (3717-1 OAC)


To view the national food recall list and find food safety tips, check out:

Mobile Food Requirements

Mobile Food Requirements Document

Cottage Food Requirements

Cottage Food Requirements Document



ServSafe is a program dedicated to teaching proper ways of handling food.

There are 3 different courses available.



Wood County

Erie County


National Restaurant Association (Online Course):

-For ServSafe Managers

-For ServSafe Food Handler: &

Sandusky County Public Health can be contacted 24 hours a day in the event of an after-hours public health emergency. 

After hours call the Sandusky County Sheriff’s Dispatch at 419-334-6433 and ask to speak to a Public Health Official.

Public health emergencies could include:

An immediate environmental health hazard (e.g. drinking water contamination)

An infectious disease of immediate public health concern

(a Class A reportable disease, which requires disease reporters to contact the health department immediately by phone)