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Fats, Oil and Grease (FOG) Discharge Control Operating Permit
Any non-residential facility that handles, prepares or processes food (hot or cold), discharges or has the potential to discharge FOG to the public sanitary sewer system requires a FOG Discharge Control (FOG) operating permit. These facilities are categorized as FOG generators. Typical examples of FOG generators include restaurants, cafeterias, supermarkets, schools, banquet halls and food courts at malls or shopping centers.
FOG Discharge Control operating permits are renewed annually and are non-transferable. Notification shall be provided to the department upon sale, relocation, or legal transfer of the permitted facility. New business owners are required to secure a new FOG operating permit.
For additional guidance in preparation for the submittal of a FOG permit application visit the hyperlinks provided below:
- Read more about fats, oils and grease
- Read the flyer with guidelines for food preparation establishments, as well as grease trap installation and maintenance, and disposal of FOG.
- In Spanish
How to Apply for a FOG Operating Permit
If the facility is located within a city or municipality, you must first apply for the Municipal Occupational License and/or a Certificate of Use (CU) from the city prior to submitting a complete FOG operating permit application to the Regulatory and Economic Resources Department. It is not necessary for the municipal occupational license to be finalized by the corresponding municipality prior to applying for the FOG operating permit.
Note: All municipalities require an Environmental Resources Management Plan Review "stamp" prior to finalization of their occupational license.
In unincorporated areas of Miami-Dade County, the applicant can apply for a Certificate of Use at Miami-Dade County's Permitting and Inspection Center, located at 11805 SW 26 Street in Miami, prior to submitting a complete FOG operating permit application to the Regulatory and Economic Resources Department.
It is suggested that other Municipal, County, State and Federal Agencies be consulted to determine which additional permits, if any, must be obtained from those agencies.
Customers can apply for new permits in person at Regulatory and Economic Resources Department offices downtown, in West Dade and Hialeah. Please bring a complete and notarized FOG Discharge Control operating permit application.
Facilities within municipalities can apply at all three locations, and must bring a copy of their Municipal Certificate of Use or applicable local business tax receipt applications.
Facilities within unincorporated Miami-Dade County can apply only at the Miami-Dade County Permitting and Inspection Center, and must obtain a Miami-Dade County Certificate of Use process number from the Zoning Division of the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources as part of the permit application process.
Cash, checks, money orders and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and Discover Card only) are accepted for payment of application and processing fees.
A complete application that is submitted in person is generally reviewed and an answer provided in a matter of minutes. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. The actual operating permit document that must be posted at the facility is usually mailed within 30 days of processing and approval of the complete application.
Please see the Fee Schedule.
The FOG operating permit is valid from January 1st through December 31st of the same year. Permit renewal forms are sent to the facility operators a minimum of 45 days prior to the expiration of the permit.
For more information
Call the environmental Permitting Section at 305-372-6600, option 6.
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