All establishments that offer paid lodging accommodations, including hotels, motels, inns, and bed and breakfast inns/homes, are inspected and permitted by Environmental Health. Our inspection and permitting process ensures that these establishments meet the appropriate requirements for safe and sanitary operations in accordance with state laws. Hotels and motels undergo inspection at least once per year; bed and breakfast houses are inspected annually, and bed and breakfast inns are inspected at least every six months.
(Lodging establishments that serve foods require a separate food service establishment permit, unless they only serve non-potentially hazardous foods (muffins, bagels, pastries, etc.) or prepackaged foods.)
Click on the titles below for expanded information on inspections.
Permits & Inspections
Camps in Haywood County must have a permit to operate. Camp facilities are inspected by Environmental Health Specialists to ensure compliance with regulations that ensure safe food, a sanitary sleeping environment, and control measures to prevent the spread of communicable diseases. Environmental Health Specialists offer recommendations regarding:
- Immunization requirements for campers and staff
- Mosquito and tick-borne illness, and proper cleaning of surfaces to avoid contamination
- Prevention and treatment of animal bites
Camps that provide food and overnight accommodations, and are connected to public electrical power are considered “resident camps.” Resident camps are permitted annually and are inspected twice a year. Seasonal resident camps that function six months or fewer each year are issued a permit valid for six months, and must be inspected prior to their operating season. A score card must be posted at the camp.
Camps that provide food and overnight accommodations but are not connected to a public electrical power source are considered “primitive camps.” Primitive camps are permitted annually and are inspected twice a year. Seasonal primitive camps that are only operative six months or fewer each year are issued a permit valid for six months. Seasonal primitive camps must be inspected prior to operating season.
The owner or operator of a primitive camp is required to have successfully completed a food service sanitation program within the previous three years.
Camps that do not provide overnight accommodations and only operate during the summer when children aren’t in school are considered “Summer Camps.” Summer camps may provide meals prepared on site or sent from a permitted food service establishment/licensed child care center. Summer camps must be inspected prior to operating season each year.
Haywood Public Health conducts sanitation inspections of institutions such as camps, hospitals, nursing homes, adult care centers, and local confinement facilities, as required by state law.
For information about inspections of schools and child care facilities, please visit the child care and school sanitation page.
These institutions are licensed by other agencies, but state law requires that they are inspected for sanitation by the local health department’s Environmental Health Specialists.
Department of Health & Human Services
Hospitals, nursing homes, adult care homes, and other institutions provide room and board for more than 13 residents and are licensed by the Department of Health and Human Services. These institutions are inspected at least annually for compliance with sanitation regulations. A grade card for the facility must be posted at the facility entrance, and a separate grade card for food service inspection must be posted in the dining area.
Residential Care Facilities
Residential care facilities provide room and board for 12 or fewer residents and are licensed by the Department of Health and Human Services. These facilities must be inspected at least every six months for compliance with sanitation regulations. A grade card must be posted at the facility.
Adult Day Facilities
Adult day facilities provide activities and meals but no overnight accommodations and are licensed by the Department of Health and Human Services. They are inspected at least annually for compliance with sanitation regulations. A grade card must be posted at the facility.
Local Confinement Facilities
Local confinement facilities, such as city or county jails or detention facilities for adults or children, are licensed by the Division of Facility Services. They are inspected at least annually for compliance with sanitation regulations.
Interpreter services are available at no cost. Haywood County Health and Human Services is an equal opportunity provider and employer.