Change of Ownership - Step #1

Under certain circumstances, the health district can transfer a food establishment’s existing permit to a new owner. Permits can only be transferred if the establishment’s menu, operation, equipment, etc. remain the same (or very close) to what we approved for the previous owner. If you do plan to make changes, we may not be able to transfer the existing permit. Our food program will determine whether or not your ownership change qualifies for a permit transfer. To help us expedite the process, provide us with the following information:

  • What menu changes will you make?
  • What equipment changes will you make?
  • What procedural changes will you make?
  • What other changes will you make?

In addition, we must consider whether or not the establishment has been issued any variances (waivers). Since variances cannot be transferred between owners, you will have to reapply for each variance. If a variance is complex and/or requires that we reevaluate the proposal, a variance processing fee will be charged.

If the health district allows a permit transfer, the permit’s expiration date stays the same. It is not extended. There is an administrative fee for a permit transfer. Prior to expiration of the transferred permit you will be required to renew it at the full permit fee. (This fee varies based on the permit category. Permit, variance, and administrative fees are listed on our fee schedule.)

If we determine that the ownership change does not qualify for a permit transfer, you must apply for a permit to operate at the full permit fee. The expiration date of your permit will be determined based on the date of issuance.

In addition to these fees, there is a penalty fee at a rate approved by the Board of Health for operating without a valid permit.

Documents needed for a change of ownership: