New Food Establishments

Plan Review Process
Complete and return the Plan Review Application Packet (PDF) to the Tippecanoe County Health Department. Include blueprints, equipment specifications, signed menu by the owner, and your SOPs.* Note: Blueprints will not be reviewed until plan review application and packet is completed, and plan review fee is paid. Contact all other state and local regulatory agencies that may have authority over this project at the local level (See last page for contact Information (PDF)).

To expedite this process additional information may be needed. This might include an on-site preconstruction walk through of the proposed establishment or changes that will be made in an existing facility.
Family Restaurant Grand Opening Illustration
After Plans are Approved - Building Permit is Issued - Construction Begins
  • Keep 1 set of approved plans on-site during construction.
  • Any change orders must be approved by the Tippecanoe County Health Department and or Building Code Official having Jurisdiction.
Pre-Operational
Call the Tippecanoe County Health Department after equipment is installed to request a pre-operational inspection. A punch list of items will be provided at this time that must be completed before an operational permit will be issued.*

Submit complete operational permit application with payment of all appropriate fees making checks payable to the Tippecanoe County Health Department.*
  • Schedule opening Inspection by Tippecanoe County Health Department.*
  • Schedule final Inspection by Building Code Officials having Jurisdiction.
Certificate of Occupancy Signed - Operational Permit Issued - Establishment Opens
*Failure to complete the application packet, items on pre-operational punch list, and permit application with payment of all appropriate fees will delay the issuance of an operational permit by the Tippecanoe County Health Department and the establishment's opening date.

Visit the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) website for information on How to Start a Retail Food Business.