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Retail Food Safety

Retail Food Safety

What We Do

Our team of inspectors works with local restaurants and retail markets in Mesa County to ensure food safety. We offer education and answer questions for local food establishments. It’s our goal to be a community resource for our partners.


  • A copy of the Colorado Retail Food Regulations can be found here.
  • Food safety resources can be found here.
  • Information about how to get started with your retail food business can be found here.

View inspection reports online

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If you have questions regarding fire suppression system requirements for your mobile unit, please contact your local fire department.

Special Events with Food

Event Coordinators

If coordinating events involving food in Mesa County:

  • Submit a Coordinator Plan Review 30 days prior to event with $100 plan review fee. (Non-profit coordinators: please provide official non-profit documentation instead of fee.)
  • Provide Vendor Information List at least two weeks prior to event.
  • Provide entry and parking passes the week of the event for inspectors.

If you are not sure whether this information applies to your event, please see the Event Coordinator Flow Chart .

All food vendors providing food or beverage at events in Mesa County must be approved by Mesa County Public Health. Please use the above process to ensure your event will be providing food from approved vendors.

Food Vendors

  • ALL VENDORS must submit ONE completed vendor application to Mesa County Public Health each year. Please allow two weeks for processing. Once you are approved you will receive a one-page Mesa County Approval letter which you will provide to each event coordinator.
  • Review the vendor flow chart to determine appropriate vendor application to complete.
  • To find vendor applications, click here.
  • Please read our Vendor brochure.

If you intend to be a food vendor at events coordinated by Mesa County Fairgrounds, the City of Grand Junction, City of Fruita, Fruita Chamber of Commerce, or the Town of Palisade, please see additional vendor application details by clicking here.