Regulated Facilities

The local health department permits and inspects facilities that provide food service, adult care, child care, lodging, schooling, camps and tattoos, including jails.  We also respond to customer complaints and investigate disease outbreaks to determine the source of the infection and prevent further illness.  

Bakery establishments are NOT regulated by the local health department. Find more information on the State Food & Drug Protection Division site.

Click Rules and Resources to see a copy of the rules for each facility type.

Lodging Facilities

Bed and Breakfast Home, BBI and Hotels

Hotels and bed and breakfast establishments are inspected once a year to ensure that the public's stay is as safe and healthy as possible.

Rules Governing the Sanitation of Lodging Establishments: 15A NCAC 18A .1800

Buying, Building, Remodeling? 

You must have a permit to operate, build or remodel a hotel or motel. Permits do not transfer from owner to owner. Save time and money, review the Wake County Plan Review Page before you buy, build, or remodel to find out what the requirements are. 

Complaints 

If you have a concern about something you see, speak to the manager directly. This is the best way to deal with a problem. If you still have concerns, you may fill out the complaint form  or call us at 919-856-7400 to file a complaint. 

Hospitals, Nursing Homes, and Institutions

​Nursing homes and hospitals provide care for people suffering from many different illnesses. Good sanitation in hospitals is important to stop the spread of illnesses to those who are receiving care and to healthy people visiting those who are sick.

Hospitals and nursing homes are inspected twice a year. The current sanitation status of a nursing home or hospital can be viewed online.

NC Institution Rules:.1300 Rules Governing Sanitation of Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Adult Care Homes and Other Institutions

Buying, Building, Remodeling a Nursing Home or Hospital?

You must have a permit to operate, build or remodel a nursing home or hospital. Permits do not transfer from owner to owner. Save time and money, contact the Plan Review Section before you buy, build, or remodel to find out what the requirements are.

Complaints

If you have a concern about something you see, speak to the director or administrator directly. This is the best way to deal with a problem. If you still have concerns, you may fill out the complaint form  or call us at 919-856-7400 to file a complaint.

Risk Factor Studies

During risk factor evaluations, data collectors can evaluate specific food preparation practices and individual employee behaviors that link to each risk factor category. Wake County uses these results to gauge compliance with each risk factor, and to develop interventions that make the most impact over time. Click button below to read more: