Food & Lodging Sanitation

Sanitation Standards for Establishments

Food, lodging, and institution sanitation helps to ensure the public that establishments operating in Rowan County meet the minimum sanitation standards as required by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Health and Natural Resources (NCDEHNR). Rowan County Environmental Health Specialists routinely inspect all the following establishments:

  • Hot dog stands, mobile food units
  • Hotels, motels and inns
  • Meat markets
  • Nursing and rest homes, residential care
  • Restaurants, food and drink stands
  • Schools and educational institutions, hospitals, daycare centers, jail
  • Summer camps


Inspections include the establishment's level of cleanliness, food handling practices and proper food protection during preparation, storage and transportation. After inspection the establishment receives a certified card that is graded A, B or C. Each establishment is required to display their grade card in a prominent location for the public to view.

New and temporary dining establishments in Rowan County must have applicable licenses and permits. Inspectors will work closely with owners and managers to ensure the quality and safety of food service to the public.

New Restaurants Permits

The application is made on an official form and submitted with full plans of the facility. Once plans are reviewed and approved a letter of notification is sent to the applicant. Once construction is complete and the applicant has obtained all building department, zoning and fire approvals, a pre-permitting inspection is conducted. If the facility has been constructed in compliance with the approved plans and state and local regulations, the applicant may apply for and obtain a food service license. 

Temporary Food Service License Permits

Temporary food service permits are issued for events that are no more than 15 days in duration. Inspections are conducted during the event to ensure compliance with all applicable rules and regulations.