SC Dept. of Health & Environmental Control


  • Retail Food Establishment

  • Effective February 1st, 2018, Retail Food Establishment applications will no longer be available through SCBOS. 
  • You can download and complete an application at scdhec.gov or by clicking on the above link, and then submit the completed application to any DHEC office. A payment of the $60 inspection fee is required for the application to be considered complete.

Contact SCDHEC
SC Dept. of Health & Environmental Control 
2600 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Local 803-898-3432

Licenses and Permit Contact
Division of Food Protection and Rabies Prevention 
Local 803-898-0640

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An SCBOS partner from the beginning, the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) manages diverse, yet interrelated programs to promote and protect public health and the state’s land, water, air and coastal resources.

DHEC can advise you how your company can "go green” by recycling, improving sanitation, and taking other voluntary steps to help protect South Carolina’s environment.

In addition, if your business involves an activity that could in some way affect health or the environment, you may be required by federal or state law to apply for a permit, file paperwork or take some other action through DHEC. 

  • Inspects restaurants and advises owners and managers how to improve food safety
  • Issues permits, licenses and certifications for a variety of businesses
  • Conducts sanitary inspections of health care facilities
  • Reviews newly installed septic tanks on property under development, and
  • Explains and enforces all other federal and state health and environmental laws and regulations

Click here to get information about other DHEC permits, licenses and certifications

I Need Information

Opening a restaurant or mobile food service? Thinking about becoming a caterer?
DHEC has made changes to the Retail Food Establishment Permit process.
Read the DHEC letter for more details.

For information on regulations, signage, and other tools click here