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Food Premises: Disclosure Guide

The operation and maintenance of food premises including both fixed and mobile premises are governed by Ontario Regulation 493/17: Food Premises, under the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA). Food premises include, but are not limited to:

  • Restaurants
  • Butcher shops
  • Banquet halls
  • Convenience stores
  • Grocery stores
  • Food trucks
  • Caterers

As a food premise owner or operator, it is your legal responsibility to ensure that your facility complies with all of the necessary legislation and operating standards so that the public can safely consume food from your facility.

This new regulation for food premises came into effect on July 1, 2018. To assist you in meeting the updated requirements of the regulation, the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit (HNHU) has created this Food Premises: Disclosure Guide which highlights some of the more significant changes made to the regulation. It is important to note that this guide does not discuss all requirements in the regulation, and following this manual does not exempt operators or owners from any regulatory responsibilities. A copy of Ontario Regulation 493/17: Food Premises can be found on-line at

Please note that changes, renovations or alterations to your facility or operational equipment requires written approval from a certified public health inspector (PHI). Changes may also require a permit from your municipal building department. Call the HNHU and a building inspector before you make any changes, renovations or alterations.

Read the full Food Premises: Disclosure Guide here.