Kalamaoo County

Environmental Health

Plan Review

Plan Review is the process of reviewing procedures, plans, equipment, and the layout of a food establishment to ensure those proposed items comply with the Food Law requirements. A plan review is required whenever a new food establishment license is issued or when an existing, licensed food establishment is remodeled.

The plan review process for a fixed food establishment consists of 10 parts. The required items must be submitted to this office and approved prior to the start of construction.

Environmental Health has the authority to issue a stop work order when construction begins before plans are approved.

10-Step plan review process
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Fixed Establishment Plan Review

  1. Application
  2. Plan Review Fee
  3. Provide valid copies of Certified Food Manager Certification and Michigan Allergen Awareness Certification.
  4. Plan Review Worksheet
  5. Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  6. Menu
    • Include a copy of your proposed menu.
    • If serving raw or undercooked eggs, chicken, meats, seafood, etc., provide information on Consumer Advisory.
  7. Two Complete Sets of Plans (Scaled to .25 inch per foot) - One printed copy and one digital copy in PDF format
    • Show on the Plans:
      1. Proposed layout, with equipment identified. Label sinks and prep tables with their intended use.
      2. Mechanical plan (i.e. make-up air systems, air balance schedule and cooking ventilation systems, including hood, duct and exhaust fans).
      3. Plumbing: hand sinks, food preparation sink, dish washing sinks and machines, water supply piping, hot water equipment, sewer drains, grease traps, and floor sinks.
      4. Construction materials of such items as custom cabinets and any other built-in items.
      5. Interior room finish schedules.
      6. Lighting plan, indicating which lights are shielded.
      7. Site Plan, including a) Details of outside garbage storage area and containers, as well as exterior storage areas, b) on-site water well and sewage disposal system data when applicable.
  8. Specialized Processing Worksheet
  9. Equipment Specifications
    • Include manufacturer's specifications for each piece of equipment. Minimum information for each piece of equipment includes the following (Note: the manufacturer's specification or "cut" sheet typically provides most of this information):
      1. Type
      2. Manufacturer
      3. Model Number
      4. Dimensions
    • Tell us how equipment will be installed (i.e. on legs or wheels, fixed or flexible utility connections).
    • Tell us which items are used equipment and what equipment has third party certification (e.g. NSF or UL).
    • Include any available cleaning and maintenance instructions for food processing, cutting and grinding equipment.
  10. Building Permits (if required by your local building authority)
    • Include copies of all permits issued by local building authority.
    • Your local building authority must approve all ventilation hood exhaust systems.
    • Local building authority must issue a Certificate of Occupancy and/or final mechanical inspection before Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services will grant final approval.

Special Transitory Food Unit / Mobile Food Unit Plan Review

The plan review process for a Special Transitory Food Unit or Mobile Food Unit consists of 5 parts. The required items must be submitted to this office and approved prior to the start of construction or use of the unit.

  1. Application
  2. Plan Review Fee
  3. Provide valid copies of Certified Food Manager Certification and Michigan Allergen Awareness Certification.
  4. Plan Review Worksheet
  5. Specialized Processing Worksheet



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