Food Safety

Food inspectionsNew! Kentucky State Fair Food Vendor Information

Food Establishment Mapping Tool

This interactive application (updated 2 times per year) displays the geographic locations of permitted food establishments (restaurants, retail food locations, etc). It is intended to help entrepreneurs understand the competitive landscape and opportunities, and for residents or visitors to be able to easily locate establishments and see inspection scores (and features such as nearby bus stops or bike lanes) at a glance. The unique search features of this application allow users to find locations near an address or within a user-defined boundary on a dynamic, interactive map.

Click here to check out this new tool.

Download the user guide for this application here.

Links to Food Safety Information

Restaurant Inspection Scores

Thinking of trying a new restaurant?  Wondering if that neighborhood restaurant made the grade on their last inspection?  Then before you go out to eat, click on the link below, enter the restaurant name and just see how they scored!

Restaurant Inspection Scores

Learn more about how scores are calculated here.

Food TruckLocal Food Permit

Louisville Metro Council recently amended the Louisville Metro Code of Ordinances, Chapter 118, Food Service Establishments, to adopt the implementation of a Local Food Permit for food service establishments. Effective January 1, 2019, food service establishments will be required to have both a Local and State Food Permit to operate in Louisville, Jefferson County. Annual invoices for 2019 Local and State Food Permits will be mailed in early November. A single payment should be made for both invoices.  Partial payments will not be accepted.  Once you receive your local and state food permit invoices you can pay online HERE or by mail to  Louisville Metro OMB/Health Billing, P.O. Box 34277, Louisville, KY 40232-4277.

The additional fee for an annual Local Food Permit is as follows:

Seasonal/Restricted Concessions (603) - $25

Retail Food Market (610) - $50

Food Service Establishment (605) - $80

Combination Retail Food Market and Food Service Establishment (607) - $80

Temporary Food Service Establishment - $80

Hepatitis A Disinfection Guidelines

Hepatitis A Disinfection Guidelines for Food Service Establishments
Hepatitis A Disinfection Guidelines for Food Service Establishments (Spanish)

Educational Opportunities - Food Safety In-Service 

Establishments can request a staff member from the Food Safety & Protection Program to come to their facility and provide training on Food Safety best practices.  Our goal is to assist an operator with the education of their food service workers, and enhance our community’s understanding and implementation of food safety practices. A Food Hygiene representative will review the requirement of the food code as it applies to your business, and highlight the critical violations that represent the highest risk factors that cause foodborne illness. This service is free and lasts approximately one hour. Please call 574-6557 today to schedule your Food Safety In-Service. 

Food Safety Award (SAFE)

The Sanitation and Food-safety Excellence (SAFE) award recognizes food service establishments who have demonstrated outstanding food handling and sanitation practices.  SAFE award winning facilities strive to ensure safe dining and may be considered model operations for all food service establishments. There are more than 4,000 permitted food service establishments in Louisville.  To be eligible for nomination, a food service establishment must have:

  • maintained an A placard for two successive routine inspections
  • serve foods such as meat or egg products, which if mishandled, have the potential to be associated with foodborne illness
  • must have their food service permit for at least one year
  • have a history of compliance with regulations
  • have certified food managers as s required by LMCO Ch. 118

The monthly winner of the award receives a plaque and letter of commendation from the Department of Public Health and Wellness.