Inspections

Environmental health inspections and grades for
Scotland County can be found- here.

Restaurant Inspections

Restaurants are inspected at least once quarterly and are conducted unannounced. Good food handling practices, temperature controls on hot and cold foods, good cleaning and sanitation practices and proper hand washing procedures are included in the inspections.

What does the A, B and C mean?

A

90-100

B

80-89.5

C

70-79.5

N.C. restaurants and bars observing new smoke-free law

Since North Carolina's new law banning smoking in nearly all bars and restaurants took effect Jan. 2, the N.C. CARE-LINE has received numerous telephone calls asking for information about the law, and there have been in excess of 858,595 hits to the website www.Smokefree.NC.gov since it was launched, reports the N.C. Division of Public Health. Statistics on the implementation of the law will be posted on Smokefree.NC.gov every Tuesday.

"We are pleased at the response to date with this new law, as it will protect the public's health and the health of restaurant and bar employees," said State Health Director Jeffrey Engel, MD. "We will be evaluating the impact of this new state law on the health of North Carolinians."

While smoking is no longer legal in most restaurants and bars, there are limited exceptions for cigar bars and non-profit private clubs, such as patriotic clubs and some country clubs. Lodging establishments must also restrict smoking and may reserve no more than 20 percent of their rooms for smoking.

Local health directors have the authority to enforce the law at the local level.  People can file a complaint if they believe an establishment is not complying with the new law.  The Division of Public Health is forwarding the complaints every week to local health departments for follow-up and investigation.

"We want to be clear that a complaint is not necessarily a violation," said Danny Staley, president of the N.C. Association of Local Health Directors. "Some establishments may not even realize the new law applies to them. It's up to local health departments to follow up on each complaint that is called in or entered on the website at www.Smokefree.NC.gov."

There has been numerous complaints against specific restaurants and bars. These include reports on the lack of non-smoking signs, ashtrays still in place, and businesses that are reported for allowing smoking to continue. There are roughly 24,000 establishments in the state affected by the new law.

There are three ways to report a possible business violation of the law: (1) call the local health department; (2) visit www.smokefree.nc.gov and complete an on-line form; or (3) call the N.C. CARE-LINE at 1-800-662-7030 (TTY 1-877-452-2514), which is open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. CARE-LINE services are available in more than 150 languages. After hours, callers may leave a message and their call will be returned during CARE-LINE business hours.

Lodging and Institutional Inspections

Lodging and institutions are inspected at least twice yearly. State guidelines require that linen is clean and properly stored above the floor. Cleanliness is required on floors, walls, and ceilings of each room.

Swimming Pool & Tattoo Parlor Inspections

People in swimming pool

Swimming pools are inspected at least annually. The inspection guidelines require posting of all safety equipment and hazard signs. The pool water is also tested for appropriate chemical concentration to insure safe pool operations.

Tattoo parlors are inspected at least annually. The parlor is inspected for cleanliness and proper sanitation of equipment utilized. During inspection, records are checked for accuracy and completeness and the tattoo artist is observed during a tattooing procedure.