Food and Beverage Regulations

Bismarck’s Environmental Health Division license and inspects all food establishments located in Bismarck. “Food establishment” means an operation that stores, prepares, packages, serves, vends or otherwise provides food for human consumption. Food establishments typically include: restaurants, bakeries, bars, gas stations, discount/dollar stores, hotel/motels, temporary food setups and mobile food units. It is unlawful to operate a food establishment in Bismarck without food license.

Submission of Plans


Whenever a food establishment is constructed, extensively remodeled, or an existing structure is converted to use as a food establishment, properly prepared plans and specifications for such construction, remodeling, or conversion must be submitted to the department for review and approval before construction, remodeling, or conversion is begun. The plans and specifications must indicate the intended menu, anticipated volume of food to be stored, prepared, and sold or served, proposed layout, arrangement, mechanical plans, and construction materials of work areas, and the types and models of proposed fixed equipment and facilities. The department shall approve the plans and specifications if they meet the requirements of this chapter. No food establishment may be constructed, extensively remodeled, or converted except in accordance with plans and specifications approved by the department.

Plans must be submitted for all mobile food units. Once the plans have been approved you can either begin construction on the unit or begin to make plans to bring the mobile unit into the city of Bismarck.

A plan review by the department generally takes 7-10 days. After the review is conducted you will be notified if your submitted plans meet requirements or not.

Food and Beverage Service Establishment Requirements



Bismarck Food Service Ordinance

Bismarck Food Service License Application

Food borne Information


Food borne illness facts: The attached link to the ND Department of Health provides information regarding food borne history in North Dakota. It also has helpful links to hand washing practices.

  1. Environmental Health


    Physical Address
    500 E. Front Ave.
    Bismarck, ND 58504

    Mailing Address
    500 E. Front Ave.
    Bismarck, ND 58504, ND 58501

    Phone: 701-355-3400
    Fax: 701-221-6883


2017 Fee Schedule and Food License Structure



The City of Bismarck approved a new fee schedule and food license structure for 2017. This change was made based on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) recommendation for regulatory jurisdictions to develop and use a process that categorizes food establishments into groups based on potential and current food safety risks. Studies have shown that the types of food served, the food preparation processes used, the volume of food, and the populations served all have a bearing on the occurrence of foodborne illness risk factors in retail and foodservice establishments. The new food license structure incorporates these risk factors to determine the appropriate license type for each facility. 

 
Food License Customer Information Form

The City of Bismarck’s Environmental Health Division needs to update our records and gather accurate information from each food establishment. A Food License Customer Information Form must be completed and returned by December 30, 2016. Upon receipt of this form, we will send you an invoice to renew your license for food service and upon receipt of payment a new food license will be sent out. 

To successfully implement this process, we are extending your current food license expiration date from 12/31/2016 to 3/31/2017. The newly issued food licenses will be effective from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018 and will renew on these dates respectively each year.