Maricopa County Environmental Services Department
Environmental Health DivisionPermitting Services Program
1645 E. Roosevelt St. Phoenix, AZ 85006 Phone: (602) 506-6872
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The initial permitting approval is conducted in the county where the commissary is located. A vendor that is issued a permit in accordance with the state licensing requirements and is operating within the limitations of the permit type that was issued may submit their application, supporting documentation (menu, commissary agreement, toilet use agreement, photos of unit, and route sheet/location of operation), and permit fee electronically to the Maricopa County Environmental Services Department (Department). The Department will review the information provided and if approved, will mail back the permit card and permit plate that is to be affixed to the permitted vehicle. A commissary agreement may still be required within Maricopa County based on the nature of the operation. No plan review/plan review fee/in office facility inspections are required for those units that have been approved in accordance with state licensing requirements.
1. Fill out and submit your application and all requested supporting information (see below)
2. Our office will review, assess the required application fees, and send you your confirmation
3. After confirmation is received, pay application fees (in person, over the phone, fax, or by mail)
If plans/schematics are not legible or too large to attach, please deliver to one of our offices. It is recommended that you call the office prior to visiting to ensure office is open.
If expedited plan review is being requested, the plan review fees per permit are doubled.
If same as above, leave this section blank.
Any construction or review will require a set of plans to be submitted with this application.
Provide layout for all projects involving construction/review. Please be advised that the documents must be legible to avoid delays in the review process.
Please provide equipment cut sheets for any projects involving construction/review. Please be advised that the documents must be legible to avoid delays in the review process.
Either complete the plumbing/finish schedule on this page or provide information on separate sheet for review.
Combine multiple files into one PDF or JPG.
Provide brief list of menu items. Please ensure you attach complete menu.
Mark all that apply.
write "n/a" if not applicable
A county shall not base a licensing decision in whole or in part on a licensing requirement or condition that is not specifically authorized by statute, rule, ordinance or delegation agreement. A general grant of authority does not constitute a basis for imposing a licensing requirement or condition unless the authority specifically authorizes the requirement or condition.
Unless specifically authorized, a county shall avoid duplication of other laws that do not enhance regulatory clarity and shall avoid dual permitting to the maximum extent practicable.
This section does not prohibit county flexibility to issue licenses or adopt ordinances or codes.
A county shall not request or initiate discussions with a person about waiving that person's rights.
THIS SECTION MAY BE ENFORCED IN A PRIVATE CIVIL ACTION AND RELIEF MAY BE AWARDED AGAINST A COUNTY. THE COURT MAY AWARD REASONABLE ATTORNEY FEES, DAMAGES AND ALL FEES ASSOCIATED WITH THE LICENSE APPLICATION TO A PARTY THAT PREVAILS IN AN ACTION AGAINST A COUNTY FOR A VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION.
A COUNTY EMPLOYEE MAY NOT INTENTIONALLY OR KNOWINGLY VIOLATE THIS SECTION. A VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION IS CAUSE FOR DISCIPINARY ACTION OR DISMISSAL PURSUANT TO THE COUNTY'S ADOPTED PERSONNEL POLICY.
THIS SECTION DOES NOT ABROGATE THE IMMUNITY PROVIDED BY SECTION 12-820.1 OR 12-820.02.
The approval of plans and specifications shall lapse and become invalid one year from the date of approval unless a substantial portion of the work described in the plans and specifications has commenced by such anniversary date. An approval of plans and specifications can be renewed for one year if an application for renewal is submitted within 180 days prior to expiration and a fee equal to one-half (1/2) of the flat fee or initial plan review fee is paid. The approval will be effective for one year from the date of expiration.
Should it be necessary or desirable to make any material change in the approved plans and specifications, revised plans and specifications shall be submitted to the department for review, and approval shall be obtained before the work affected by the change is undertaken. Once submitted, the plans will be review for compliance with the Maricopa County Environmental Health code (MCEHC). A response letter will be drafted and delivered to the applicant using the method indicated on the application. The letter will indicate items of noncompliance that need to be addressed during the construction of the establishment.
Approval of these plans and specifications by this Regulatory Authority does not indicate compliance with any other code, law or regulation that may be required--federal, state, or local. It further does not constitute endorsement or acceptance of the completed establishment (structure or equipment). A pre-opening inspection and final inspection of the establishment with equipment in place and operating will be necessary to determine if it complies with the Maricopa County Environmental Health Code governing establishments.
Approval of a permit by this Department does not indicate compliance with any other code, law, or regulation that may be required - federal, state, or local. In order to ensure compliance with local mechanical and building codes, obtain a Certificate-of- Occupancy “C-of-O” from the local municipality or “Green Tag” from the local fire department, if required.
A “grandfather” clause or provision is not provided for in Maricopa County Environmental Health Code. All establishments under new ownership, newly built, or remodeled shall meet current construction, equipment, facility, and operational regulations as adopted and provided for in the Maricopa County Environmental Health Code, guidelines, and procedures, and policy statements. A permit shall not be issued to a facility for which a permit is required, and shall not be allowed to operate until the applicant demonstrates to the Department full compliance with applicable provisions of the Maricopa County Environmental Health Code. Any construction, alteration, or addition shall be made in accordance with specifications approved by the Department. The owner, operator, or authorized agent shall certify in writing that the establishment will comply with these regulations. On-site inspections of the facilities and premises with equipment in place and operating will be necessary to determine compliance with the Maricopa County Environmental Health Code.
Pursuant to A.R.S. § 41-1009, the Department may enter your establishment to conduct inspections. You have the right to receive a copy of the Department's inspection report at the time of the inspection, within thirty (30) days after the inspection, or as otherwise provided by federal law. I agree that the Department may send me a copy of its inspection report by e-mail or by facsimile transmission to the e-mail or fax number provided under the Business Ownership Information provided above. It is the responsibility of the permit holder to update the Department if there is a change in contact information.
I hereby certify that the above information is correct, agree to comply with the Maricopa County Environmental Health Code, agree to allow the regulatory authority access to the establishment as specified under § 8-402.11 and to the records specified under §§ 3-203.12 and 5-205.13 and Subparagraph 8-201.14(D)(6), and I fully understand that any deviation from the above without prior permission from the Maricopa County Environmental Services Department may nullify final approval. By checking the check box and typing your name you have digitally signed this application.
Arizona law, A.R.S. § 11-1605(I), allows Maricopa County Environmental Services Department (MCESD) and the applicant for a license to mutually agree to extend the plan review time frame by 50 percent of the substantive time frame and overall time frame. MCESD will agree to any applicant's request for an 50 percent extension of the substantive review time frame and overall time frame when box is checked and signed below.
By checking the "I agree" box below, you agree and acknowledge that 1) your application will not be signed in the sense of a traditional paper document, 2) by signing in this alternate manner, you authorize your electronic signature to be valid and binding upon you to the same force and effect as a handwritten signature, and 3) you may still be required to provide a traditional signature at a later date.
Information entered on this form will be retained by Maricopa Environmental Services Department and is a record as defined by Arizona law.
This form will be provided without redaction in response to a public record request unless any of the information is exempt from release under Arizona law.
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