Although many of the responsibilities for retail food are delegated to the local health departments, including facility licensing and inspection, the Center for Facility and Process Review has important roles in policy making, training, information sharing, and enforcement. Retail food service facilities include: restaurants, coffee shops, short order cafes, luncheonettes, taverns, sandwich stands, soda fountains, vending machines, catering operations, retail markets, food operations in an institution, hospital, or school. Special food service facilities, such as temporary and mobile operations, are also considered retail food service facilities.
The Center reviews plans for prototypical food service facilities. A prototype is a chain or franchise operation planning to construct two or more facilities in the State from a uniform set of plans. All other food service facility plans are reviewed by the local health departments.