Restaurants & Grocery
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:
Explanation of Retail Food Establishment InspectionsRetail 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
- How to Open a Food Service Establishment
- Colorado Retail Food Establishment Rules and Regulations
- Online Food Regulation Training for Food Operators
- Proof of Citizenship
- Commissary Agreement for Mobile and Temporary Food Establishments
- Food Establishment Plan Review Specification Form
- Food Establishment Change of Ownership Procedures
- Environmental Health Fee Chart - List of Food Establishment License Fees
Food Safety Training Resources
- ServeSafe - Food Handler available in English, Spanish, Tagalog, 普通话, 한국어, Việt, ASL, Serbo-Croatian
- ServeSafe - Manager available in English and Española
- StateFoodSafety.com - Food Handler
- StateFoodSafety.com - Manager
- Tri-County In-Service - English
- Tri-County In-Service - Spanish
- National Environmental Health Association - Food Safety Training
FDA Oral Culture Learner Project - Educational Materials for Retail Food Employees - हिंदी (Hindi), 한국 (Korean), русский язык (Russian), 简体中文 (Simplified Chinese), Español (Spanish), 繁體中文 (Traditional Chinese), Việt (Vietnamese), العربية (Arabic)
- Do I need a Retail Food license?
- Are retail food licenses transferable?
- How do I open a restaurant or grocery store?
- Do plans need to be submitted for the construction of a retail food establishment?
- What is a potentially hazardous food?
- Are retail food workers required to have a food handler card?
- How do I report a food-borne illness?
- Do I need a license to roast and sell chilies?
- How do I report a dirty kitchen, restroom, dining room, or unsanitary conditions or practices?
- Is it a violation for a restaurant employee to handle money and then handle food without washing their hands in between?
- Can I rent time in someone else’s approved kitchen?
- What are the requirements for equipment used in commercial food establishments?