Division of Hotels and Restaurants
This page contains helpful information about plan review. To apply for a plan review using a paper application, please click this APPLY link.
Food Service Plan Review
To begin Florida's food service licensing process, the law requires the division to review facility plans for sanitation and safety concerns. Plan review is required when the establishment is:
- Newly built,
- Converted from another use,
- Remodeled or
- Re-opened after being closed at least 1 year.
The following "how-to" guides were developed with step-by-step instructions for submitting your plan review application materials. They contain vital links to all forms and requirements of the process. These guides will help you avoid costly errors during the process that can cause delays or denial of your application.
- General Plan Review (fixed establishments, caterers, etc.)
- Mobile Food Dispensing Vehicles Plan Review
- Hot Dog Cart Plan Review
We review plans in order of acceptance, first come, first served. The plan reviewer will notify you within 30 days as to the status of the review.
Questions about the plan review process can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If plans do not meet sanitation and safety requirements, the applicant may request a variance from the division's rules.
Plan Review Listing
A current listing of all plans submitted for review during the last 18 months is available on our public records page.
Plan review applicants may be eligible to complete the plan review process electronically. This option is available to anyone with the technological ability to submit high-quality plans drawn to scale, including architectural or engineering plans or blueprints. If you are interested in completing the plan review process electronically, please contact the plan review office at email@example.com.