New Business/Plan Review

All new/renovated/remodeled food establishments, day care centers, hotels/motels and body art and body piercing facilities, must receive prior approval from the Health Department before beginning construction and again before operation. Any existing food or lodging establishment undergoing renovation or remodeling must also receive prior approval from the Health Department.

A complete set of construction plans must be submitted for review by the Health Department at least 20 working days prior to the beginning of construction. These plans should include the detailed proposed layout, arrangement of fixtures and equipment, lighting, mechanical and plumbing plans, finish and equipment schedules, contact information and any other items deemed necessary by the Health Department for an efficient review process. Once plans have been reviewed, the Health Department remains an active participant throughout the construction process and must approve the business for operation before sales to the public begin.

The Beason-Hammond Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act requires every person or sole proprietorship applying for a license or permit from the State to demonstrate his or her U.S. citizenship, or, if the person is an alien, to demonstrate his or her lawful presence in the United States. The lawful presence of an alien will be verified by the federal government through the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) Program.

In order to comply with this law, the Alabama Department of Public Health and Mobile County Health Department requires a signed declaration, along with a legible copy of a document demonstrating U.S. citizenship or lawful presence in the United States, in addition to your permit or renewal application. The required declaration, and a list of acceptable documents, is attached to this letter. A business entity will be required to provide a declaration of business ownership structure if the type of ownership or business entity is not clearly indicated on the application. The Department cannot process your application without the signed declaration and the appropriate supporting documentation.
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call the Inspection Services Department at (251) 690-8116 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

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