Food & Lodging

  1. Child Day Care
  2. Food Service
  3. Nursing Homes
  4. Residential Care
  5. Schools

Inspections

Childcare centers are inspected twice during a fiscal year. Childcare centers are defined as a program where three or more children less than 13 years old, who do not reside where the care is provided, receive care on a regular basis of a least once per week for more than 4 hours but less than 24 hours per day from persons other than their guardians or full time custodians, or from persons not related to them by birth, marriage, or adoption. There are exceptions to the rule and you can contact this department for them.

The facility must be either hooked up to a public water system or well water. If the facility is connected to well water, then a water sample (PDF) must be taken prior to opening.

Sewage shall be disposed of into either a proper on-site sewage system or public waste water system. If your facility has an on-site sewage system, a tank check is required to ensure that the existing system is sized properly.

Approval of Construction & Renovation Plans

  • Construction and modifications shall comply with the approved plans.
  • Plans drawn to scale and specifications for new child care centers shall be submitted to the local health department for review and approval prior to initiating construction. Plans drawn to scale and specifications for changes to building dimensions, kitchen specifications, or other modifications to existing child care centers shall also be submitted to the local health department for review and approval prior to construction. Plans drawn to scale and specifications for prototype "franchise" or "chain" child care centers shall be submitted to DENR, Division of Environmental Health, Environmental Health Services Section, Children's Environmental Health Branch. When requested by an operator of a center or by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, the local health department shall visit or inspect an existing or proposed center, within 30 days of the request, to determine compliance with this Section.
  • Review of the plans by the local health department or the Environmental Health Services Section shall be based on the requirements of this Section.