The construction and operation of all food establishments in Arlington County must comply with Chapter 9.2, Food and Food Handling Code of the Arlington County Code. Arlington County has adopted and follows the 2017 FDA Food Code.
For more information, visit our COVID-19 page for food establishments.
Applying for a License
A Health License and pre-opening inspection are required for new food establishments or whenever there is a change of ownership, and the license must be renewed annually.
- An application processing fee of $40, made payable to the Arlington County Treasurer, must accompany the license application and should be mailed to the Environmental Health Program at 2110 Washington Blvd. Suite 350, Arlington, VA 22204.
- Download the 2020 application. Download the 2021 application.
- Once you have submitted your application and completed the requirements outlined in this checklist, you can schedule a pre-opening inspection.
Variance for Outdoor Cooking
Arlington restaurants may apply for a variance that permits outdoor cooking.
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