Restaurants, Catering and B&Bs
The Environmental Health Program conducts two unannounced routine health inspections per year and investigates consumer complaints. If a public health risk is identified, an Environmental Health Specialist conducts a follow-up inspection. Inspections focus on food temperatures, food preparation practices, worker hygiene, dishwashing and sanitizing, equipment, and facility cleanliness.
Restaurant Inspection Scores are public record. A restaurant must receive a score of 70 to pass the inspection. Consumers can find a placard near the restaurant entrance that indicates if a facility passed the last health inspection.
Note: New Food Service Rules were adopted September 4, 2012. For more information about the changes, visit the Food Code Adoption page.
Forms and Applications
- How to Open a Restaurant in Washington County
- General Restaurant Requirements
- License Application (fillable) -- license expires December 31 of the year issued
- How to obtain a Food Handler Card
- Plan Review Packet (fillable where applicable)
- Plan Review Instructions
- Plan Review Application (fillable)
- Restaurant Floor Plan Requirements
- Interior Finishes/Surfaces (fillable)
- Food Service Preparation Activities (fillable)
- Food Cooling & Reheating (fillable)
- Rapidly Cooling Food