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Welcome to the Food Hygiene Program

By regulating sanitary practices among food establishments, the Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County (DOH – St. Johns) Food Hygiene program is able to aid in the prevention of food-related illness within the community. This program ensures food establishments regulated by DOH – St. Johns are designed, built, equipped and operated in a safe and sanitary manner to minimize the occurrence of food-related illnesses. The following establishments are routinely inspected by DOH – St. Johns:

  • Schools (public and private)
  • Theaters (that limit their menu to drinks, candy, popcorn, hotdogs and nachos)
  • Detention facilities
  • Civic and fraternal organizations
  • Group Care Establishments
  • Bars/Lounges that DO NOT serve food

As of July 1, 2010, due to changes in the Florida Legislature, the Florida Department of Health no longer regulates hospitals, nursing homes and childcare centers.

For more information regarding hospitals and nursing homes, please contact the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration. For more information regarding childcare, please contact the Florida Department of Children and Families.


For more information regarding restaurant inspection and permitting, or to make a complaint against a restaurant or hotel, please contact the Department of Business and Professional Regulation at 850-487-1395.

Most grocery stores and convenience stores in The State of Florida are regulated by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services . If you have a complaint regarding food safety and hygiene at a facility please call 800-435-7352.


  • Review of Permit Applications for regulated food establishment
  • Regular Environmental Health inspections
  • Investigation of food illness complaints
  • Investigation of sanitary nuisances

Permit & Service Fees

Information on Permit & Service Fee’s is available by calling this Service Center. 


Florida Department of Health – Food Hygiene Codes and Standards

Program Information, Statutes & Administrative Codes

For more general information on the Florida Department of Health Food Hygiene Program, recent rule changes and other hot topics related to this program, please visit the Florida Department of Health: Food Safety and Sanitation Program.

To view the related Florida Statutes, please visit the Florida Legislature website.

To view the related Florida Administrative Code, please click on the following link: State Food Hygiene Code – 64E-11, FAC (PDF, 191k).

Hard copies are also available for review at this Service Center.

Note: This page contains materials in the Portable Document Format (PDF). The free Adobe Reader may be required to view these files.