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Food Premises

Public Health Inspectors routinely conduct inspections at food premises. The Ontario Food Premises Regulation (O. Reg. 493/17) sets out the minimum standards that each food premises must meet.1

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What is a Food Premises?

A "food premises" is any location where food or milk is manufactured, processed, prepared, stored, handled, displayed, distributed, transported, sold or offered for sale, but does not include a room actually used as a dwelling in a private residence.2

Examples include: convenience stores, grocery stores, churches, hotdog carts, fast food restaurants, full service restaurants, home-based food premises, online food sales, food made for donation, etc.


Additional Information

For information about inspections, see Food Safety Inspections and DineSafe.

To speak to a Public Health Inspector on the Environmental Health Team about a food premises, please call:

  • 519-663-5317
Date of creation: February 19, 2014
Last modified on: January 25, 2024


1Ontario. Ministry of the Attorney General. (2017). Health Protection and Promotion Act, R.R.O. 1990, Ontario Regulation 493/17: Food Premises. Retrieved from
2Ontario. Ministry of the Attorney General. (1990). Health Protection and Promotion Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. H.7. Retrieved from