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Food Premises

Public Health Inspectors routinely conduct inspections at food premises. The Ontario Food Premises Regulation (R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 562) 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 private residence.2

Examples include: convenience stores, grocery stores, churches, hotdog carts, fast food restaurants, full service restaurants, etc.


Additional Information

For information about running a food premises, refer to the Food Safety for Operators section.

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

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

  • 519-663-5317 ext. 2300
Date of creation: February 19, 2014
Last modified on: August 23, 2017


1Ontario. Ministry of the Attorney General. (1990). Health Protection and Promotion Act, R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 562 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