Food Service

Food Service Licensing and Food Safety Information

Newtown Health District licenses and inspects restaurants, caterers, private clubs, itinerant vendors, school cafeterias, grocers, adult and child care centers, skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, and temporary events. This is done to reduce the risk of foodborne disease by ensuring reasonable protection from contaminated food and improving the sanitary condition of food establishments by enforcement of regulations, training and food safety promotion. Please note: this also includes any local group or organization in the towns of Bridgewater, Roxbury and Newtown.

FOOD SERVICE ESTABLISHMENTS *Food service establishment in the Towns of Newtown, Bridgewater and Roxbury are required to submit food license application renewals by July 1st each year.

New or renovated establishments must submit this following application and plans for review to ensure compliance with the FDA FOOD CODE and local regulations. 


What is a Temporary Food Event (TFE)? 
A temporary food event -(TFE) or temporary food service operation is a food service establishment that operates at a fixed location for a temporary period of time, not to exceed two weeks in connection with a carnival, circus, public exhibition, festival, celebration or similar transitory gathering.
Planning a Temporary Food Event
Many groups and organizations prepare for seasonal events such as church fairs, fund raising picnics and carnivals. The Newtown Health District wants to help make these events healthy, safe and successful by ensuring that food served is safe for the public to consume. The health district requires that any operation offering food to the public obtain a Temporary Food Event License. If your facility rents space to groups serving food to the public, please advise them to contact the health district. Please note: this includes any local group or organization in the towns of Bridgewater, Roxbury and Newtown.
Event organizers are required to submit their application(s) at least two weeks prior to the scheduled event. Every applicant will receive a Temporary Food Event Guide containing basic food safety information and instruction on proper food handling.


To review specific details regarding upcoming events please contact Suzette Le Blanc or by calling the health district at 203-270-4291.


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