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About Our Food & Lodging Programs

restaurant-inspection-2Permitting & Inspections

Environmental Health Specialists in the Food and Lodging program issue permits to and monitor area eating establishments, including restaurants, school cafeterias, mobile food units, pushcarts, and other stablishments that sell food that must be stored, cooked, served or held at special temperatures. The program
also permits and inspects hotels and other temporary lodging facilities, child care centers, nursing homes, tattoo artists, meat markets and public swimming pools. Staff also works with contractors and owners of restaurants that are under construction to ensure that floor plans, equipment, construction materials, lighting and plumbing all meet public health regulations.

Environmental Health Specialists also investigate complaints lodged by citizens about restaurants, hotels, motels, nursing homes and child care facilities.In conjunction with the Health Department’s Communicable Disease program, Environmental Health Specialists also help investigate disease outbreaks at such permittedRestaurant Inspection facilities as restaurants and child care centers, when the outbreaks may have food or environment-related causes or effects.

restaurant-inspectionSpecial Event Inspections
Environmental Health Specialists in Food and Lodging also ensure that food served at festivals and other special events is safe to eat. Mobile food units are inspected on-site the day of each event to ensure compliance with regulations governing preparation, storage and sanitation at outdoor events.