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All caterers must prepare food in a licensed and inspected commercial kitchen. To find out more about opening a commercial catering kitchen, please review our Food Service Establishment Permit & Plan Review Application.
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Normal hours of operation are 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday.
Applications for septic tank permits (Improvement Permits) are applied for at Craven County Planning & Inspections (252) 636-4987 or (252) 636-6618. Fees are paid at the time the application is made. Fee Schedule
If you are buying an existing restaurant, please fill out the New Owner Restaurant Permit Application (Transitional).
If you are starting a restaurant in a new facility, please fill out the Food Service Plan Review Application and submit it to the Craven County Health Department. A proposed menu and scale drawings (blue prints) of the establishment, equipment, plumbing, and lighting will also have to be submitted to the health department. The applicaiton must also include the manufacturer's specification forms of the equipment (can be found on the manufacturers website).
First, check to see if a permit is available through the Craven County Geographic Information System (GIS). If a permit can not be located by this method, complete and submit a "Request for Document: Septic tank systems and Wells" form.
Go to cravencountync.gov/gis. Once you get there, click "iMaps" and then "Start iMaps". It will bring you to the map of Craven County with fields to enter your information. Enter one of the following, your name, address or the parcel number for the property. The property information will pop up with several tabs at the top of the page. Click on the "EH Permits.A list of permits will pop up with the "View" button next to it. Click on the one with the complete information regarding your septic system which will be "Operation Permit".You should be able to view and print permits issued between 2003 to the current year.
Applications for septic tank permits are applied for at the Craven County Planning and Inspection office located at: 2828 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC 28562. You can also reach them by calling: (252) 636-4987. Fees are paid at the time the application is made.
Setbacks to septic systems can be found in the onsite sewage rules at 15A NCAC 18A .1950 Location of Sanitary Sewage Systems.
A list of contractors and inspectors certified to work in North Carolina can be found at https://ncowcicb.info/.
To acquire a permit as a food vendor for a festival, an Application for a Temporary Food Establishment (TFE) has to be filled out and submitted to the Craven County Health Department along with a $75 application fee. The application will also require an attached drawing of your TFE layout. All applications for TFEs must be submitted 15 days prior to the event in order to receive a permit.
Information about the ServSafe Classes and Exam Proctoring at the Craven County Health Department can be found here.