New Mexico
Environment Department

Contact Information:
(505) 827-2855 MAIN // 1-800-219-6157 (toll free)
Environmental Emergencies:
505-827-9329 (24 hrs)

Food Program

Food Variance

Variance Application


Food Permit Applications

When you have completed the application package (or if you have questions), please call your nearest NMED Field Office for information or to set up an appointment to meet with one of our Environmental Specialists. We will review the package briefly with you to be sure information is complete and understandable. You will soon receive a letter indicating that your plans are approved, approved with conditions, or not approved. Your letter indicating approval or conditional approval will indicate what pre-opening inspections are required and when the permit fee is to be paid. Only after your application is approved or conditionally approved, may you begin construction of the physical facility. Any change orders require approval.

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Application for a variance from the requirements of the food service regulations 

If you need any assistance in completing these forms or have any further questions, please contact us.