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Determine Your Food and Beverage Service Classification

Effective for policies incepting on or after September 1, 2024, any operations assignable to Classification 9079(1), Restaurants or Taverns, must be reassigned to one of six new classifications. The WCIRB's online tool can help you quickly determine which food and beverage classification applies, based on the information provided1. Click the Start arrow in the tool below and then follow the prompts on each screen. Refer to the links below the tool for more information about each classification as well as the Classification Search tool.

If you have questions about the tool, please email or call the Contact Center.

1 The WCIRB has made reasonable efforts to ensure the accuracy of the information presented in this online tool. You must make an independent assessment regarding the use of this online tool based upon your particular facts and circumstances. The WCIRB disclaims any and all liability arising from the reliance upon the information presented. This tool cannot capture a detailed description of the employer’s overall operations, which can only be done by an insurer audit or WCIRB inspection.

 

The recommendation to divide Classification 9079(1), Restaurants or Taverns, into six new classifications was the result of a multi-year WCIRB study on the Food and Beverage Service Industry Group. The recommendation was approved, and effective September 1, 2024, any operations assignable to Classification 9079(1), Restaurants or Taverns, must be reassigned to one of the following six classifications (click each link for the full classification footnote):  

Five of these six classifications are part of the new Food and Beverage Service Industry Group. The new industry group also includes the following classifications applicable to food and beverage service operations: 

  • 8078(1), Sandwich Shops 
  • 8078(2), Beverage Preparation Shops 
  • 8078(3), Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt Shops 
  • 9081(2), Concessionaires 

For more information, educational resources and event news, visit the Food and Beverage Service Industry Classification Changes page