Division of Hotels and Restaurants
Download Files FAQ
All information on this page is current and was last reviewed by the division on November 18, 2008.
1. Q: What information is available on your data download website?
A: DBPR downloads are described on our General Information webpage. The Division of Hotels and Restaurants makes current and historical lists of the following available weekly:
- Statewide list of active elevators and other vertical conveyances
- Statewide list of active registered elevator companies
- Statewide list of active certificates of competency
- Statewide list of active certified elevator inspectors
- Current and historical statewide lists of elevator permits issued by the Bureau of Elevator Safety
- District lists of active food service establishments in Florida
- Current and historical statewide lists of new food service licenses issued
- Current and historical statewide lists of food service licenses that changed ownership
- Current and historical lists of inspection data by licensing district
- Statewide lists of administrative complaints and fines completed monthly
- Statewide lists of plan reviews processed by the division within the past 18 months
- Statewide lists of food service workers trained in Florida
2. Q: How do I download the extracts?
A: Step-by-step instructions are provided on each download page.
3. Q: I’m having trouble with this process? How do I get help?
A: Helpful information can be found on our General Information webpage and in our step-by-step instructions. Other than that, the department does not offer technical support during or after the download process. If you require assistance, please refer to your computer manuals, or contact your Corporate Help Desk or Internet Service Provider.
4. Q: I notice the extracts do not have column headings. How I am supposed to know what the columns mean?
A: A README text file accompanies each download. This file includes explanations of the column headings and the codes used by our system. This file is also available on each download page.
5. Q: Column S has a "Y" or "N" indicating PDA. What does this mean?
A: H&R inspectors use personal digital assistants (PDAs) as mobile devices for collecting inspection data and producing inspection reports for the licensees. These devices promote consistency, legibility, accuracy and thoroughness in our inspection process.
6. Q: The food and lodging inspection extracts have columns for the number of critical and noncritical violations? What does this mean?
A: In general, critical violations are those which, if not corrected, are more likely to directly contribute to food contamination, illness or environmental degradation. More information is available on our Inspections website.
7. Q: On the food and lodging inspection extracts, I see that there are 58 columns for violations. What do these columns mean?
A: These columns coincide numerically with the violations described in the README text file. We have also posted examples of our food and lodging inspection reports for your information. Some violations have subcategories designated by letters, such as 01A and 01B. These violations are grouped under their numeric equivalent (e.g., 01A and 01B are together under the column for Item 01).
8. Q: I notice that there are only 56 actual food service violations. Numbers 56 and 58 are missing. Where are the missing violations?
A: These are obsolete references that are no longer used. For current extracts, these columns will always show a zero value. Likewise for Item 43 on the lodging extracts. Also, since the lodging report only has 44 original items, columns for items 45-58 will always have a zero value.
9. Q:I notice that there are often multiple instances of the same violation. Is this normal?
A: Yes. Most violations have multiple code citations and observations referenced within the single numeric violation code. For example, item 35 (vermin) has observations for "Roaches noted", "Flies in kitchen", "Dead roaches", etc. Each of these constitute a separate violation under item 35. Complete listings of our food and lodging violations are available on our Inspections website.
10. Q: How can I see more information about what the inspector found?
A: The best public resource we have for inspection information is our Inspection Search Portal. This site includes all of the individual citations and observations for each PDA inspection (as well as abbreviated information for manually entered inspections). If you see an inspection in the extracts that interests you, note the license number to find the records faster. You can also perform a search by license name.
11. Q: I have referred to all your websites and I still have some questions about your extracts. Whom should I contact?
A: Please call our Customer Contact Center at 850.487.1395 or use our contact form.