Restaurants & Grocery

Our food inspectors educate employees of restaurants, push carts, food trucks, grocery stores, warehouses, and food processors about safe food-handling procedures including proper food temperatures for cooking, hand washing, refrigeration, preventing cross-contamination, and serving to help prevent foodborne illness. We inspect over 4,500 licensed restaurants and food-service establishments, which benefits everyone in the region every single day. 

Health Inspection Reports Online
See how your current or possibly next favorite restaurant did on their last health department inspection! Inspections are available online for all restaurants, childcare, public / semi-public pools and body art / tattooing in our area from July 2013 to the present:
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Food establishments under enforcement review can also be found at the link above. 
   
Explanation of Retail Food Establishment Inspections
Retail food inspections can take place anytime food related activity is taking place within an establishment.  While performing inspections, our food inspectors are looking for food safety violations and taking the time to educate the operators.  Food safety violations are separated into two categories; critical violations and non-critical violations.  Critical violations are violations that can contribute to food borne illnesses.  Non-critical violations are all other sanitary, cleaning and construction violations. To get a better understanding of the violations, click here for an explanation of each violation.  Our inspections are documented on an inspection report form and are public records and reviewed online
  
Food Establishment Requirements
Foods for sale and service to the public (except those outlined by the Colorado Cottage Food Act) usually require a retail food license in an approved commercial kitchen. Food licenses and approval to operate are required by the health department prior to opening. Retail food establishment licenses are nontransferable with respect to location, owner, or Colorado Department of Revenue Sales Tax License Number. Licensees must follow the Colorado Retail Food Establishment Rules and Regulations. If a change of ownership occurs, then a new license, inspection, and approval to operate by the health department must be obtained in the name of the new owner of a retail food establishment. For new establishments and remodels of existing establishments, plan reviews by the health department are required, and must be approved prior to the start of construction.  All retail food licenses expire on December 31st, regardless of when they were purchased. 
 
Food Establishment Business Resources & Forms
Food Safety Training Resources   En Español