In the City of Portland, there are over 800 establishments where food is sold or served. These include restaurants, coffee shops, school cafeterias, food trucks, push carts, gas stations, markets and grocery stores. Additionally, hundreds of Temporary Food Service licenses are taken out each year for fairs and festivals.
It is the mission of the Public Health Division to improve the health of individuals, families and the community through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats. This includes access to safe and healthy food. The Food Service Inspections program works with the food industry to provide a safe experience for customers. This collaboration occurs through the inspection process at least once a year and ongoing educational opportunities. Please contact 756-8365 with questions or concerns. If you are licensed by the Department of Conservation, Forestry and Agriculture (DACF), then please contact 287-3841
Maine Food Code
According to the 2013 Maine Food Code, every food establishment must have a Person in Charge (PIC) and at least one employee with a Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) certification, who ensures all employees are trained on food safety. The PIC and CFPM may be the same person.
How to Start a Food Establishment in the City of Portland
5. Complete all work and other inspections. When completed your business requires a DHHS license, call 756-8365 to arrange your opening Health inspection. Calling a couple of days in advance is adequate for scheduling an appointment. If your business requires a DACF license, then please contact 287-3841 to schedule your Health inspection.
The City of Portland offers the lowest cost CFPM class and exam in Maine. The class and exam is offered on a monthly basis at City Hall. Please use the form below to register.