Food

Pots and Pans Full of Food
The Westford Health Department licenses and inspects all establishments which prepare, serve or sell food in accordance with 105 CMR 590.000 (PDF) and the 2013 Federal Food Code. All applications for permits is done electronically. The food establishments range from small scale low risk establishments which sell pre-packaged foods - to large scale restaurants with complex food processes, to temporary events. Review a glossary of food related items.

Existing Establishments


The Town of Westford uses a Risk Based Food Inspection Program.  Risk Based Inspections focus and prioritize five broad categories of risk factors that most often contribute to food borne illness. Inspectors focus on evaluating the degree of active managerial control that an operator has over risk factors. He/She will spend the majority of their time observing the practices and procedures that are likely to lead to out-of-control risk factors.

The program evaluates all facilities and rates them on the following factors:
  • Equipment and facility
  • Food Preparation and processing
  • Food safety management program
  • Management and employee food knowledge
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Types of Food and intended uses
  • Typical patronage
  • Volume of food

New Establishments


Prior to opening a Food Service Plan review is required. The plan review application can be found online.

The Health Department has 30 days to review the plan. Once you have completed the Plan Review Application, please submit it along with the appropriate fee, and copies of the required certifications.