Food Service Permitting

When fats, oils, and grease (FOG) are discharged into the sewer system, they cool and solidify, restricting or blocking the flow of wastewater.  This can result in sewer backups into homes, businesses, and the environment. The most effective way to prevent FOG accumulation in the sewer system is to capture it at the source through the use of grease interceptors.  Our food service permitting team regulates and monitors the pumping and maintenance of grease interceptors and establishes best management practices (BMPs) for FOG prevention.

Grease Interceptor Operating Permit (GIOP)

Where Required

Grease interceptors and Grease Interceptor Operating Permits (GIOPs) are required for all commercial Food Service Establishments (FSEs).  Applications shall be submitted by the FSE owner for all new construction projects, tenant finish/remodels, and changes of ownership.  The following conditions apply:

  • GIOPs are for the operation and use of grease interceptors ONLY.  Separate commercial permits are required for the installation, modification, and repair of grease interceptors and their associated plumbing.
  • GIOPs shall be renewed annually.  Each permit shall be renewed by April 15th of each year.  The 'Annual Permit Renewal Notification Recipient' listed in the application will receive notice prior to permit expiration.
  • FSEs that share a common grease interceptor are required to complete the Common Interceptor Agreement in addition to the GIOP.    
  • FSEs meeting certain criteria may qualify for a Low Grease Discharge Waiver (LGDW) in lieu of a GIOP.  See section below for details.

Application

Applications shall be submitted through My Government Online (MGO).  The following items are required:

Application Type(s):
  • Commercial Application with Food/Beverage Services
Application Requirements:
  • Building address
  • Contact information (business name, first and last name, address, phone number, and email address) for the following:
    • Applicant
    • Deeded Property Owner
    • Food Service Establishment Owner
    • Food Service Establishment Manager
    • Annual Permit Renewal Notification Recipient
  • Food & Beverage Supplemental Application 
  • Kitchen Plans
  • Plumbing Plans
  • Menu

Applications are reviewed as quickly as possible in the order in which they are received.  You may track the status of your application and permit through My Government Online (MGO).

Establishments with Existing Interceptors

If reusing an existing grease interceptor, its condition must be inspected by JCW before you apply for a GIOP.  The interceptor must be pumped during the inspection by a licensed sanitary disposal contractor (pumper) of your choosing.  Running water must be available in the space to verify plumbing connections to the interceptor.  Please call to schedule an inspection. 

913-715-8520

Fees

Fees may be paid through My Government Online (MGO) or in-person at our office.  The following fees may apply:

Type Amount Description
Grease Interceptor Operating Permit Fee $290 Charged prior to issuance of the initial GIOP.  Applies to all establishments with a grease interceptor.
Annual Permit Renewal Fee $290 Charged annually.  Fee must be paid by April 15th of each year.

 

Low Grease Discharge Waiver (LGDW)

Where Required

Low Grease Discharge Waivers (LGDWs) are required in lieu of a Grease Interceptor Operating Permit (GIOP) for all Food Service Establishments (FSEs) that meet the following criteria:

  • Serves only ready-to-eat foods with no preparation at the facility, other than warming, including, but not limited to: scoop-only ice cream shops, sandwich shops, popcorn stands, hot dog rollers, etc.
  • Prepares only uncooked or unbaked food or meals that will be taken from the facility and cooked or baked at another location. 
  • Baked goods such as, but not limited to, cookies, cakes, breads, pretzels, etc.

The following conditions apply:

  • Establishments that qualify for a LGDW will be inspected periodically to ensure compliance with the qualifying criteria. 
  • LGDWs shall be renewed annually.  Each permit shall be renewed by April 15th of each year.  The 'Annual Permit Renewal Notification Recipient' listed in the application will receive notice prior to permit expiration with renewal instructions. 

Application

Applications shall be submitted through My Government Online (MGO).  The following items are required:

Application Type(s):
  • Commercial Application with Food/Beverage Services
Application Requirements:
  • Building address
  • Contact information (business name, first and last name, address, phone number, and email address) for the following:
    • Applicant
    • Deeded Property Owner
    • Food Service Establishment Owner
    • Food Service Establishment Manager
    • Annual Permit Renewal Notification Recipient
  • Food & Beverage Supplemental Application 
  • Kitchen Plans
  • Plumbing Plans
  • Menu

Applications are reviewed as quickly as possible in the order in which they are received.  You may track the status of your application and permit through My Government Online (MGO).

Fees

Fees may be paid through My Government Online (MGO) or in-person at our office.  The following fees may apply:

Type Amount Description
Low Grease Discharge Waiver Fee $348 Charged prior to issuance of the initial LGDW.  Applies to all establishments with that do not require a grease interceptor.
Annual Permit Renewal Fee $290 Charged annually.  Fee must be paid by April 15th of each year.

Grease Interceptor Pumping Variance

Where Required

Interceptor pumping and cleaning is required at least once every 90 days for most establishments.  A pumping variance may be considered if you believe your interceptor requires less frequent pumping.

Application

To begin the variance process, please complete the following form and email it to [email protected]:

Food Service Form C - Pumping Variance Application

Once the application has been submitted, the operator must have the interceptor pumped and cleaned while JCW is present.  Please call JCW to schedule an inspection.

913-715-8520

Fees

Fees may be paid through My Government Online (MGO) or in-person at our office.  The following fees may apply:

Type Amount Description
Pumping Variance Fee $348 Charged prior to issuance of the interceptor pumping variance.

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