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Food Safety & Hygiene Inspection Services Division

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The Food Safety and Hygiene Inspection Services Division (FSHISD) inspects the city's 6,500+/- food establishments.  Those food establishments include delicatessens, bakeries, grocery stores, retail marine markets, ice cream manufacturers, restaurants, wholesale markets, mobile vendors, and hotels.  In addition, the FSHISD inspects the city’s swimming pools, cosmetology salons which includes nail and braiding salons, barber shops, massage establishments, smoke-free workplaces and mattress manufacturers.  The staff for the program includes 20 sanitarians, two administrative staff, two supervisors, one sanitarian/plan reviewer, a food technologist and a program manager.

Food-borne infections and intoxications affect millions of Americans every year. The Food Safety and Hygiene Inspection Services Division offers educational, informational, and consultative sessions for community and industry groups.

FSHISD applications can be mailed

The Food Safety & Hygiene Inspection Services Division is pleased to inform our customers that beginning Monday, April 11, 2016, applications can be mailed to P.O. Box 37489, Washington, DC 20013.  When applying for ID cards, Vending Certificates, or a Plan Review, applicants can mail in their application with all supporting documents and check or money order payment. Applicants no longer need to come to the HRLA Processing Center, unless to make payments using a credit/debit card. 

If you have a specific question, feel free to contact the Division by email at [email protected].

Updated on April 2018

Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
(202) 535-2180
Contact Fax: 
(202) 535-1359
Contact TTY: 
Office Hours: 
Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Service Location: 

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GIS Address: 
899 North Capitol Street, NE