Plan Check

What We Do

  • Review plans and inspect construction of retail and wholesale food facilities and public swimming pools
  • Provide consultation to prospective food facility and public swimming pool operators

Plan Submittals

We accept paper and electronic plans. Paper plans can be submitted at our San Bernardino, Rancho Cucamonga and Hesperia offices. Assistance with submittals and payment is available at the Rancho Cucamonga and Hesperia offices via our virtual assistant, Alice.

Electronic plans can be emailed to mailto:EHS.CustomerService@dph.sbcounty.gov Plans must be attaches to the email in pdf format or accessible for download via link to a file-sharing service (e.g. Dropbox, etc.).  Starting July 1st, 2020, electronic submittals are eligible for a 5% discount.

Please provide a completed application with paper and electronic submittals. Submittals may be subject to a preliminary review prior to intake. For all inquires, please call or text (800) 442-2283.

We encourage applicants to use the Preliminary Food Facility Plan Review Sheet as a checklist to ensure that plans include the required information. Using the sheet will facilitate plan review, may reduce or eliminate the need for additional submittals and can prevent unnecessary delays in the review process.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When do I need to submit plans?
A: Plans are required for new and remodeled food facilities, non-prepackaged food carts and pool construction or if there are changes in the type of operation or menu. Plans must be submitted and approved before any construction or remodeling begins. Please contact Plan Check directly for more information.

Q: How do I submit plans?
A: Complete the Application for Food Facility or Pool and/or Spa Plan Review. Submit the completed application and applicable fee(s) along with a digital copy or (3) three sets of paper plans if the project is located within city limits or (5) sets of paper plans if the project is located in the unincorporated County area. The plans along with the completed application and fee can be submitted in person or through mail to one of the three regional offices. Digital copies should be in Adobe (PDF) format on a CD orflash drive.

Q: What needs to be included in the plans?
A: Refer to the Retail Food Construction Guide for specific information.

Q: How long is the plan check review process?
A: Plans shall be approved or rejected within (20) twenty working days of receipt. The projected plan check turnaround time is (10) ten working days.

Q: How much is the plan check fee?
A: The fee varies with the type of facility and extent of work. Please see our current Environmental Health fee schedule.

Q: What does the plan check fee cover?
A: The plan check fee pays for the plan review and up to three (3) construction inspections.

Q: How do I check the status of my plan review?
A: Contact Plan Check to get current information at (800) 442-2283. You will receive a call from our office when plans are ready to be picked up.

Q: What are the requirements to remodel a food facility or pool?
A: Requirements vary based on the type of food facility or pool. If you have an existing facility it is recommended that you speak to an Environmental Health Plan Check Specialist. The specialist can assist you with the requirements. Contact the Environmental Health specialist assigned to you. See the Retail Food Construction Guide for more information.

Q: When are inspections required for food facility construction and how do I call for an inspection?
A: EHS requires inspection:

  • After interior finishes have been completed and prior to equipment placement.
  • After equipment has been installed.
  • Final inspection is required prior to opening for business. At time of final, hot water must be provided at a minimum of 120°F to the facility. Refrigeration must be operational at 41°F or below.

 
To schedule construction inspections, contact Plan Check at (800) 442-2283 at least five (5) working days in advance to schedule inspection.

Q: When are inspections required for swimming pool construction and how do I call for an inspection?
A: EHS requires inspection:

  • Pre-gunite
  • Pre-plaster
  • Final inspection

 
To schedule construction inspections, contact Plan Check at (800) 442-2283 at least five (5) working days in advance to schedule inspection.