Are you inspected by the health department?

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Yes, regularly - at different times
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Yes, annually
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Yes, we were to open but no more inspections since
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No, never
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Inspected twice a year with surprise visits.  Annual fee for the permit.

One time I had literally just arrived home and brought my bags in from the car from out of town after taking care of a critically ill family member out of state and there was a knock on the door from the inspector.  After telling them the circumstances and that we had been closed (and looking exhausted), the inspector agreed to come back the next day.  I was just honest with the inspector...and they could see my suitcases.

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Not inspected no need.  But has taken food safety ( had to for degree). 

 

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Here are the applicable rules in our state:

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Chapter 13: Inspections

            13-A            Establishing Inspection Interval

                        1)            The Department shall inspect lodging establishments upon a regular basis. The frequency of departmental inspections shall be based upon risk factors. At all times, the frequency of departmental inspections shall be in the sole discretion of the Department.

                        2)            The Department may, at its discretion, inspect at more frequent intervals as necessary to follow-up on complaints or other problems noted on previous inspections.

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A lot seems to be left up to the local district inspector. So yes, we are inspected "regularly" but I can't say it is every year. The last record of an inspection that I can find is from ~two years ago (before our time). We did get a call this fall asking for clarification of some missing information in their database, but no inspection this year.

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We have other B&B's here in town that have never been inspected in the time we have owned our place.

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When we applied for our permit to open and we had our 1st fire inspection, they stated we would need a commercial kitchen with all the venting & bells and whistles.  That was changed  as people do not pay to eat here.  That is where the line is drawn.  No commercial kitchen required and no inspection either.  Think they are over their heads with the restaurants & living facilities.... 

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We get inspected 2-3 times a year and it's always a surprise.  But, she does go online to our availability calendar and comes when she sees we have no guests so she doesn't disturb them.  

 

We were so mad that our very first inspection when taking over we got a 95.  The previous owners with their layers of filth got a 100 repeatedly.  The inspector found a wadded up empty grocery bag in a dresser drawer in one of the rooms.  Can't have that - minus 5 points.  She made a point to ask us which rooms we had deep-cleaned before she inspected.  Of course, she still found the bag dangit!

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K9 wrote:

We get inspected 2-3 times a year and it's always a surprise.  But, she does go online to our availability calendar and comes when she sees we have no guests so she doesn't disturb them.  

 

We were so mad that our very first inspection when taking over we got a 95.  The previous owners with their layers of filth got a 100 repeatedly.  The inspector found a wadded up empty grocery bag in a dresser drawer in one of the rooms.  Can't have that - minus 5 points.  She made a point to ask us which rooms we had deep-cleaned before she inspected.  Of course, she still found the bag dangit!

I have been in some absolutely filthy B&B kitchens in this state. Places that serve dinner as well as breakfast. A bag in a dresser drawer is nothing.

Our one visit from a knowledgeable inspector was worth it. He told us some of the stuff he had found in 'clean' rooms and those stories stuck with us. Yes, the occasional thing gets by us, but we're pretty careful to open all the drawers and look behind all the drapes as well as under the bed.

Your inspector would shut down a lot of places I have stayed at!

(BTW, it took me a week to clean the kitchen here before I would even unpack my stuff into the cabinets. We bought a completely different house that was being run as a B&B and I scraped an inch of green mold off the veggie drawer in the fridge.)

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we were ... before opening and then a follow up to be sure i did all i promised, then just shy of a year ever after. 

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Yup, inspected by the health dept. and pay a $100 fee for the food permit every year.  At least it is an announced inspection.  Some towns have surprise inspections of B+Bs.  Now THAT would give me anxiety. We have been serving breakfast for 24 years without incident but they still inspect every year.   

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Silverspoon wrote:

Yup, inspected by the health dept. and pay a $100 fee for the food permit every year.  At least it is an announced inspection.  Some towns have surprise inspections of B+Bs.  Now THAT would give me anxiety. We have been serving breakfast for 24 years without incident but they still inspect every year.   

The first inspector who came to the door 2 weeks after we arrived told us it is always a surprise visit. He said he would never let us know when he was coming. However, he said if we had some extenuating circumstance (he mentioned death) then we could ask him to come back at another time. Again, unscheduled.

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One surprise inspection we were having some plumbing problems and no guests, so they left without inspecting. At least around here, they are very reasonable.

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I've never heard of a county health inspection that was done with an appointment. I don't see the point of that.

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Since I am not a hotel or a facility that is "open to the public" 24/7 being part residence, they call first to ensure an open door. It would be a wasted trip if I was doing my shopping or off to a Conference.

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Our county always calls to make an appt. They know all the B& B's inspections are just a formality. They always pass Smiling

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Who wouldn't pass with 100% if they knew the day and time of inspection? Part of a surprise inspection is to make sure that the proper procedures are always followed, even when things are chaotic.

With an appointment, then it truly is a waste of time.

 

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The lodging market here is very seasonal with many inns closed and the owners away until May.  There is no way the inspector can make it around to all of us during that time frame and still inspect all the food/lodging establishments.  She tries to get here to inspect us early in the year because, although we are open, we usually do not have guests during the winter.  But, we very well could be away from the B+B for a few days or longer so unless she schedules us she may not get in.

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We pay annually and are inspected annually.

 

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INSPECTED, not pay for the permit, or food handlers class, physically inspected.

 

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What do you mean you don't pay for the permit? VA changed their rules years ago and increased it big time. Used to be $40 and now I am not sure what it is but at least $100 in our county from what my friends tell me.

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What do you mean you don't pay for the permit?

I do not believe that is what she was saying. She was making the point that she was asking about actual inspection, not about paying for a permit.

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That is my point - they do not. And since I have heard from others in my State of a $50 fee coming with that inspection, I ain't agonna call THEM. Some in my State get the inspector once a year, some twice, some never. One innkeeper said that after the inspector read the requirements of our Association, told her ours were more strict than his and left.

My Association inspects every 2 years now - was every 3.

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Joey Bloggs wrote:

INSPECTED, not pay for the permit, or food handlers class, physically inspected.

 

We're supposed to be. Every year. But it's a low priority to inspect B&B's unless there are complaints.

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I do not want to jinx me. In 1996 I called the Health Dept saying I was opening a B & B and they might want to come out and inspect me. In April 2011 they decided I needed a permit and hit me for a fee - that was good until June 30. In May I had to send in another fee because I was not going to back in-State until after the by July 1 deadline. In Dec 2012 I got a call that they were going to come do an inspection - I said no because DH was about to get the Joey Glow and our son was doing a lot of repairs that made the place a mess. Have not heard again. Not afraid of an inspection - it is just a PITA.

They know I am not a restaurant and that I am involved in a lot of things so they call first to make sure I am going to be here.

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We pay to be inspected every year. We've seen the inspector twice in 9 years. But, we STILL have to pay even if he doesn't show up.

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We aren't inspected, but we are required to pass the food safety course.

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We're inspected twice a year since we now have a restaurant license to provide dinners. 3 or more room b&bs get inspected once a year.

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Sorting and cleaning, I found the original Health Dept Inspection Permit for this B&B from 1990. 

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