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Food Preparation Establishments

In Cobb County, our Grease Management Program monitors food establishments' compliance with Cobb County Water and Wastewater Ordinance regulations found in the Official Code of Cobb County Georgia Section 122-188.1. These regulations require all food preparation establishments, or any company that exceeds the wastewater limit for grease and oil, to have a grease recovery system. In addition, these ordinances require quarterly pumping of all exterior grease traps.

The Engineering Division of the Cobb County Water System approves grease devices for all new or renovated restaurants or change of owners/operators. Plans must be submitted for approval. There is a fee for each new seat. To find out if your business will need a grease device as well as what size will be required, contact CCWS Engineering at (770) 419-6336.  For further information on plan review requirements and grease trap required detail specifications, please click here.

In addition to submitting plans to CCWS Engineering, it is required that grease device inspections be done to ensure that the systems are functioning properly and are up to design specifications.  If a new exterior grease device is being installed, an inspection should be scheduled before backfilling occurs.  To set up an inspection please contact Environmental Compliance Grease Management Program at (770) 419-6430 or email Please allow 24 to 48 hours for inspection scheduling.

Environmental Compliance registers all food establishments that have or are required to install a grease device. The application to register a grease device can be found in a PDF form under the Compliance down-menu on the right. Permitted food establishments are monitored through a system of manifest reporting, as well as routine inspection visits by Environmental Compliance Personnel.