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Food and Beverage Regulation

Fargo Cass Public Health’s Environmental Division licenses and regulates all food and beverage establishments within the cities of Fargo and West Fargo, according to requirements established by the Food and Drug Administration model food code.

The type of licensed establishments that are regulated include:

Food: An establishment that prepares and/or serves food directly to the consumer at the licensed premises. This includes any establishment not otherwise defined below.
Grocery: A retail establishment that sells products such as staple and accessory food related items and household goods.
Bakery: An establishment where baked products are regularly prepared, processed and/or manufactured for sale.
Retail Meat: A retail food establishment providing manufacturing, processing, preparation, storage, handling or selling of fresh animal products.
Mobile Food Vendor: Any establishment located within the jurisdiction of Fargo Cass Public Health that delivers, caters or is equipped to prepare and/or serve food from a self-contained unit. A licensed commissary is required if food preparation is not completed in the self-contained unit.
Food Event Vendor: Any establishment that caters or is equipped to prepare and/or serve food from a self-contained unit for individual food events. Potentially hazardous foods must be prepared at the event.
School, Church, Group Home: A licensed food establishment that serves a defined population in a congregate dining fashion. This includes public and private schools, independent group homes, community centers and community churches.
Concession – year round: Establishments that prepare and serve food at entertainment venues which are utilized year round.
Concession – seasonal: Establishments that prepare and serve food at entertainment venues that are open from April 1st to October 1st.
Alcohol Service: Establishments can apply for a physical bar or no physical bar.
Soft serve ice cream: Required for facilities that utilize a soft serve ice cream machine.

View the most current inspection for a food and beverage facility located in either Fargo or West Fargo.

When viewing the inspection results, please keep in mind the following: a critical violation, if left uncorrected, is more likely to contribute to food contamination, illness or injury than a core violation. For example, food temperature violations (critical) are more likely to cause illness than a dirty floor (core).

Fargo Municipal Code

The requirements for all Food and Beverage Establishments in the cities of Fargo and West Fargo are adopted from the FDA Food Code.