The Mississippi Food Code follows the national standards for food safety issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
USFDA and Mississippi Food Codes
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Food Code applies throughout Mississippi, with additional state regulations noted below.
Plan Review Guide
Obtaining a Food Permit
Restaurants and caterers can now apply for a food facility permit electronically through our permit and inspection process:
Step 1: Request a Plan Review packet by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 2: Complete the application and Plan Review, and email it to email@example.com, or to the address listed on the Plan Review. To expedite our review please ensure the following:
- Put your facility name on the subject line of the email and on all the documents you submit.
- Provide a complete application and plan review including:
- Floor plan
- Copy of the Food Manager's certificate
Please allow 48 hours for us to acknowledge receipt of your application.
Review of a completed application may take up to 30 days.
Step 3: Once we receive your plan review package, you will be e-mailed a link to pay the plan review fee of $195. Use the link in the email to pay the plan review fee, or visit https://www.ms.gov/msdh/environmental/Food and pay using your facility ID. The plan review fee must be paid for online before the plan review will begin.
Step 4: You should receive an invoice for your permit fee via email once your application has been reviewed and approved.
Step 5: Click on the link in the email in order to pay the permit fee, or go to https://www.ms.gov/msdh/environmental/Food. Input the "Permit ID Number" exactly as it appears on your invoice. Permits must be paid for online before an inspection can take place.
The Division of Food Protection now uses an online payment system and no longer accepts checks or cash in county offices. There is a small processing fee associated with online payment.
Pay online at www.ms.gov/msdh/environmental/food using the Permit ID Number and information on your invoice. If you have not received an invoice, call the Division of Food Protection at 601-576-7689.
More about Food Permits and Inspections
All requirements of the Food Code are applicable to catering operations. Also keep in mind that:
You cannot cater out of a home kitchen. You may be able to use a separate room in your home, with an outside entrance, for your catering operation. Check for any city ordinances that may be applicable.
- Before opening a catering business, contact Plan Review Team at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
For more information about food safety and inspection, contact our Food Safety division at (601) 576-7689.