The Food Safety Program is designed to prevent the transmission of disease and hazards from food products prepared for human consumption.  This program works to ensure food safety through proper handling of food in compliance with the Indiana Food Code.  The Health Department Food Section conducts inspections, plan reviews, investigations, surveys, and educational activities for restaurants, grocery stores, mobile food service units, school cafeterias, and temporary food stands throughout Vanderburgh County. Food related complaints, questions, food permits, and plan review, should be directed by email or phone (812) 435-5695, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Food permits are issued for a calendar year, and must be renewed by March 1st of each year to avoid a late fee. Note:  Plan Review and Inspections are required for new facilities, remodeling and for any change in ownership of an existing facility.  You must contact the Food Section of the Health Department for Plan Review and Inspection prior to applying for a food permit (812) 435-5695.
Food Permit Applications
The following are the only types of Food Permits that can be issued: Restaurant/Tavern/Bar or Caterer/Commissary Kitchens.  Permanent facility. RESTAURANT application Grocery/Bakery/Food Mart/Convenient Store.  Permanent facility. GROCERY  application Mobile Food Unit.  Travels from site to site selling food from a vehicle or cart and that must return to a commissary, restaurant, of licensed food establishment to be serviced, cleaned, storage of food, and restocking after each days use. MOBILE  application Temporary Food Facility.  Operates for a period of no more than fourteen (14) days in conjunction with a single event or celebration.  No temporary food facility may be licensed or operated except in conjunction with a transitory special event.  These temporary facilities must comply with all state and local Permit requirements.  Examples of Temporary Food Events:
      • Festivals, Carnivals, Church and School Events.
      • Circuses, Rodeos, Street Fairs and Restaurant Food Shows.
      • Youth Sporting events, and Holiday Celebrations.
TEMPORARY application Vending Machines for Perishable Food.  Requires refrigeration and beverages dispensed in cups.  All prepackaged non-perishable foods are exempt from permit. VENDING OPERATORS application Snow cone, shaved ice, other seasonal food operations, and farmer’s markets. SEASONAL  application
Certification Training Classes for Food Service Employees.
Section 118 of the Indiana Retail Food Code Title 410 IAC 7-24   requires that at least one (1) person per facility has a “certified food employee”, who has shown proficiency of required information through passing a test that is part of an accredited program. In our area the following programs are approved but may not be limited to:

Ivy Tech offers ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification classes. This is a one day/8 hour training with examination, contact (317)673-4211, or Fax (317) 673-4210 for more info/registration with Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association.

2020 One day/8 hour Saturday class with Testing:
    • Evansville Campus: Jan 25, March19, April 25 & May 23
    • Princeton Campus: Feb 22, June 25
Cost: $155.00 Class & Exam $81.00 Exam only contact (812)429-9852 Workforce Certification Center. 


For ServSafe Food Protection Manager Exam Test only contact 812-429-9852 Workforce Certification.

If you are interested in taking the exam only, the testing center charges a $45 proctor fee. Candidate are required to purchase an electronic voucher from at a cost of $36. The total cost is $81.  After paying for the voucher, please call the Ivy Tech Certification and Workforce Assessment Center at (812)429-9852 to schedule the test and pay the $45 proctor fee.

Safe Food Handlers Corporation offers Food Manager Certification classes. This is a one day/8 hour training with examination.

2020 Class Dates: Jan 6, Feb 13, March 19, April 15, May 14, June 15, July 18, Aug 18, Sept 17th, Oct 22, Nov 21 &  Dec 12th

Class Location: Comfort Inn 8331 East Walnut Evansville

Cost: $150.00 Class & Exam (with shipping) $175.00 Online Course & Examination

For more information call 1-888-793-5136, or email     Hoosier Hospitality Consulting (HHC) offers ServSafe Food Protection Manager Courses, Advanced online registration is required in order to ensure space is available for all attendees. If selecting the online class option, one can attend the Evansville exam session dates or travel to one of the public exam dates with proper notification (317)447-4761. 2020 Class/Exam Dates: Classes begin at 8:00 am local time and run until 4:00 pm with the exam session beginning at approximately 4:30 pm. Class Location: Holiday Inn Evansville Airport, 7101 U.S. Highway 41 North, Evansville IN, 47725 Cost: $169.25 Class, Exam & Textbook $129.66 Class & Exam (no Textbook) $65.00 Exam only at 4:00pm Exam $180.00 Online Class with 4:00pm Exam Session
Grease Trap/Interceptor Information
The following information regarding grease traps/interceptors is for all food facilities in Evansville and Vanderburgh County.  This is not all inclusive but the information will help answer some questions about the requirements for grease traps in food establishments and food markets.
Policy for Design, Installation, & Maintenance of FOG Removal Systems Grease Trap Maintenance Log Best Management Practices for Controlling Fats, Oil, and Grease An Informational Approach to Managing Food Materials and FOG Grease Trap Sizing Questionnaire