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Food & Lodging Inspections

Each inspection report is a "snapshot" of conditions present at the time of the inspection. On any given day, an establishment may have fewer or more violations than noted in their most recent inspection. Inspections conducted on any given day may not be representative of the overall, long-term conditions at the establishment. Because conditions can change rapidly, establishments are not graded or rated.

Food Safety regulation and inspections in Florida are performed by three state agencies. Most "retail, ready to eat establishments" are licensed and inspected by the Division of Hotels and Restaurants, Department of Business and Professional Regulation. The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Department of Health also have regulation and inspection responsibilities, and you can learn more at each of their websites.

Public food service establishments are licensed by the Division of Hotels and Restaurants after successfully completing a food safety plan review and an initial inspection. The food safety standards applied are science-based, and largely derived from a national model called the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Model Food Code. The division also licenses public lodging establishments after an initial inspection. Unannounced routine inspections of operating food service and lodging establishments assure that sanitation and safety practices are adhered to.

Deficiencies observed during routine inspections are described in inspection reports, with references to the relevant section of Florida food regulations, and are classified as either High Priority, Intermediate or Basic. Inspectors are standardized through extensive training, and are required to document all violations observed. Inspection reports include notice to the operator when violations must be corrected, usually either a date certain or by the next routine inspection. Frequently, violations are corrected at the time of inspection, indicated as corrected on site.

Detailed information is only available on this site for inspections conducted after October 1, 2003. Prior data is available at the DBPR download page.

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