Food Service Establishments

The Fats, Oil and Grease Sector Control Policy (PDF) establishes City requirements for any food service facility that has the potential to discharge Fats, Oil and Grease (FOG) into the sanitary sewer system. FOG pollutants can contribute to sewer blockages causing sanitary sewer overflows and backups into homes and businesses and can interfere with equipment and processes in the sewer collection system and at the wastewater treatment plant.

Food Service Application

All food service facilities are required to complete a Food Service Application (PDF) to determine the applicability of interceptor requirements and to determine proper interceptor sizing. All forms and applications must be entirely completed and returned with an original wet signature. Digital and electronic signatures will not be accepted per U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations.


Any facility where food is prepared and/or served, for mass consumption, using or producing FOG in amounts that could hinder sewage disposal is required to install and maintain a City-approved interceptor and to use the Best Management Practices (BMPs) described in the FOG Sector Control Policy. This requirement applies to all non-domestic (i.e. commercial or industrial) facilities where preparation, manufacturing, or processing of food occurs and includes, but is not limited to:

  • Bakeries
  • Cafes
  • Coffee shops
  • Delicatessens
  • Fast food outlets
  • Hospitals
  • Institutions
  • Nursing homes
  • Pizza outlets
  • Restaurants
  • Sandwich shops
  • Schools
  • Other facilities that prepare, service, or otherwise make food available for consumption