Fats, Oils, & Grease (FOG) Program

​​​​​​FOG stands for fats, oils and grease.  Fats, oils and greases are natural by-products of the cooking and food preparation process.

The FOG control program is implemented by the Virginia Beach Department of Public Utilities in order to monitor and reduce the amount of FOG that enters our sanitary sewer system.

All food service establishments shall be required to register their grease control devices. Registrations shall be on forms provided by the Public Utilities Director ​to ensure that such devices are properly sized and maintained and to facilitate inspection in accordance with City Code §§ 28.73-82.  

  • Existing food service establishments shall register all grease control devices. New establishments shall register such devices when requesting their water and sewer service, applying for a business license, or prior to obtaining a certificate of occupancy, whichever is later.
  • At least one employee of a food service establishment shall have completed a training program provided by the city concerning the operation and  maintenance of grease control devices.

The Commissioner of the Revenue's office assists Public Utilities by having new businesses register for the FOG program when applying for a business license.  Please visit Public Utilities' FOG website for more information.​

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