Richland County contracts with the State Department of Public Health and Human Services Food and Consumer Safety Section (DPHHS) to conduct inspections, licensing, and plan review on all food service establishments, including mobile units, wholesale food facilities, hotels, tattoo and piercing shops, trailer courts/campgrounds/RV parks, and work camps. These establishments are licensed by DPHHS and inspected by a sanitarian at least annually, and must adhere to state and local regulations. Hard copies of these regulations or inspection reports are available upon request.
Each of these regulated establishments must undergo a plan review process and an inspection prior to licensing and service. Each establishment may also be subject to additional rules and regulations from other agencies. For additional information or to begin the process to obtain a license, please contact the Environmental Health Office.
Food Safety Courses
Effective January 2015, most licensed retail food establishments are required to have at least one employee trained in food safety. Please review this information for course availability. ServSafe Food Handler courses, which do not fulfill the Certified Food Protection Manager requirement but provides important food safety information, are available upon request.
If you prefer a fully online course and exam, visit https://www.statefoodsafety.com/food-safety-manager-certification#/
Guidelines for Volunteer Groups
Volunteer groups providing food for sale or service at a function such as a religious or charitable organization's bake sale or community dinner are exempt from licensing, but must follow all food safety rules outlined in the Administrative Rules of Montana, linked above. Please use the following references to guide your food preparation and service, and call the Sanitarian with any questions or concerns.
Updated May 2022