Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) Program

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Greasy foods can be unhealthy for your body, but did you know that fats, oils, and grease (FOG) are bad for your home's plumbing system, too? In addition to cooking oils and grease, the following are also considered FOG: food scraps, meat fats, lard, shortening, butter/margarine, dairy products, batters, dressings, icing, and sauces. When not disposed of properly, FOG builds up in the sewer system constricting flow, which can cause costly sewer back-ups into homes and overflow discharges onto streets. 

To remediate this problem, Public Utilities adopted the Fats, Oils, Grease Ordinance in 2009, marking the beginning of the FOG program. This program is designed to provide you with the proper tools and knowledge to prevent sanitary sewer pipe blockages that cause backups and sanitary sewer overflows. 

NEW! Online Fats, Oils, and Grease Control Management and Reporting Program

Virginia Beach is pleased to announce the implementation of an online platform for the digital management of the Fats, Oil, and Grease Control program. The goal of this digital solution is to standardize restaurant compliance; simplify environment regulation; and enhance consistency of compliance with the City's Fats, Oils, and Grease Ordinance. Participation is recommended, but not required.



In-person sessions for questions or registration assistance will be hosted November 25-27. Please register below to secure a time slot.