Restaurants & Food Service

What Does Virginia Consider Food Subject to Regulation?

According to Virginia’s regulations, "food" is defined as "a raw, cooked, or processed edible substance, ice, beverage, or ingredient used or intended for use or for sale in whole or in part for human consumption." Food establishments may be regulated by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services or by the local Health Department depending on such factors as the type of facility, type of food produced, and other factors.

Type of Establishments

The Loudoun County Health Department's Division of Environmental Health permits and inspects food service establishments, including:

  • Assisted living facilities
  • Bed and breakfast inns
  • Caterers
  • Child care
  • Hospitals
  • Mobile food units
  • Restaurants
  • Schools
  • Wineries and breweries that prepare food
  • Temporary food service events


These applications may be mailed back with the appropriate fees in cash or check only payable to Virginia Department of Health or may be hand-delivered to our office:

Loudoun County Government Center
1 Harrison Street SE, 2 Floor
Leesburg, VA 20175

Mailing address:
Attn: Health Department
P.O. Box 7000, MSC# 68
Leesburg, VA 20177