Food Service Establishment Information

ATTENTION: Food service establishments should follow our Guidelines for Grease Control Device Cleaning after a Prolonged Shutdown.

​​​Virginia Beach Department of Public Utilities' Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) Ordinance was adopted in 2009 marking the beginning of the Public Utilities' FOG program. This program is designed to provide food service establishments with the proper tools and information to prevent sanitary sewer pipe blockages that cause backups and sanitary sewer overflows. 

​​​​What is a food service establishment? 

A food service establishment (FSE) is defined as any commercial, institutional, or food processing facility that discharges kitchen or food preparation wastewaters and that is required to have a grease control device under the Virginia Uniform Building Code or applicable regulations of the Hampton Roads Sanitation District. 

Examples include restaurants, churches, commercial kitchens, caterers, hotels, cafeterias, delicatessens, meat-cutting preparations, bakeries, ice cream parlors, cafes, hospitals, schools, bars, correctional facilities, care institutions, and any other facility that has a grease trap/interceptor. Preparation activities include but are not limited to cooking by frying, baking, grilling, sautéing, rotisserie, broiling, boiling, blanching, roasting, toasting, or poaching. Also included are infrared heating, searing, barbecuing, and any other food preparation activity that produces a hot, non-drinkable food product in or on a receptacle that requires washing.​

​​Inspection Compliance​

​​FOG Program Compliance Inspectors conduct formal annual inspections of food service facilities. To help you meet the compliance requirements, please review the Compliance Guide for Food Service Establishments and Grease Trap Cleaning Tutorial.  

  • ​FSE Certified Employee
  • Register and Maintain​ Grease Control Devices
    • If you need  to register your grease control device, please click here and complete the form.​
    • Maintain records of your grease control device maintenance. ​​

Documents and Educational Material

FSE documents and educational material are available online or by calling 385-4171.​
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