3717.24 License endorsement to provide food service operation services.

(A) The person or government entity holding a license for a retail food establishment may provide the services of a food service operation within the retail food establishment without obtaining a food service operation license if the person or entity has received from the licensor of retail food establishments an endorsement to provide the services of a food service operation.

(B) When the activities of a retail food establishment and a food service operation are carried on within the same facility by the same person or government entity, the determination of whether the person or entity must be licensed as a retail food establishment or food service operation shall be made according to the primary business of the person or entity. If the primary business is that of a retail food establishment, the person or entity shall be licensed as a retail food establishment operation with an endorsement from the licensor issued under this section to provide the services of a food service operation. If the primary business is that of a food service operation, the person or entity shall be licensed as a food service operation and is subject to the endorsement provisions of section 3717.44 of the Revised Code.

The licensor of retail food establishments and food service operations for the area in which a facility is located shall make the determination of whether the primary business carried on within a facility is that of a retail food establishment or food service operation. If the licensor of retail food establishments for the area is not the same as the licensor of food service operations, the determination shall be made jointly by both licensors. Each determination shall be made according to criteria specified in the Ohio uniform food safety code.

(C) A request to have a retail food establishment license include an endorsement may be submitted with an application for issuance or renewal of a retail food establishment or may be submitted separately. Procedures for making separate requests shall be the same as the license application procedures established under section 3717.23 of the Revised Code.

An endorsement may be suspended or revoked in the same manner as a license may be suspended or revoked under section 3717.29 or 3717.30 of the Revised Code. The suspension or revocation of an endorsement does not affect the retail food establishment license that includes the endorsement. If the retail food establishment license is suspended or revoked, the endorsement included on the license is also suspended or revoked.

(D) If a food service operation is operated within a retail food establishment by a person or government entity other than the person or entity holding the license to operate the retail food establishment, the food service operation may not be operated under an endorsement issued under this section. The operation shall be licensed as a separate food service operation.

Cite as R.C. § 3717.24

History. Effective Date: 02-01-2001