Food Safety Program and Licensing

Bristol Burlington Health District is responsible for licensing and regulating activities involving the preparation and service of food that is sold or given to the public within the Health District. This includes food service establishments, temporary events and itinerant vendors.

Adoption of FDA Model Food Code

Connecticut will be switching to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Model Food Code in 2019.

Click here to view the FDA Model Food Code

Applications and Requirements

* A “Temporary Food Service Event” is defined as a food service establishment that operates at a fixed location for a temporary period of time, including one day events and not to exceed 14 consecutive days. Temporary food service includes but is not limited to, the following: fairs, carnivals, public exhibitions, festivals, religious institution events and school functions.

Cottage Food Industry Law

As of October 1, 2018, Connecticut Public Act 18-141 Allows cottage food operations. A cottage food operation is one in which the production of specific non-potentially hazardous foods in residential kitchens is allowed provided certain regulations and laws are met.

Please be aware that cottage food operations are regulated and licensed by the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) and not local health departments or health districts. Please contact DCP directly if you have any questions.

For more information click on Cottage Food in Connecticut/ A Guide for Cottage Food Operators.


Effective July 1, 2018, Qualified Food Operators (QFOs) become known as Certified Food Protection Managers. Class II, III, & IV food establishments are required to have trained Certified Food Protection Managers. Current Certified Food Protection Managers (QFOs) will be required to renew expired certifications. 

Certified Food Protection Manager

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