Food and Lodging



The Food and Lodging Program is responsible for protecting public health by helping to ensure that all regulated establishments adhere to State laws and regulations that protect and promote public health. The Food and Lodging Program has four primary areas of responsibility; Plan review and permitting, inspections, education, and complaint investigation. In addition, Environmental Health Specialists participate in food borne outbreak investigations. 


North Carolina State Law requires regular quality inspections of the following establishments:


  • All food service establishments (restaurants, cafeterias, food stands, mobile food units, temporary food establishments)
  • Meat markets
  • Lodging facilities
  • Assisted living/ nursing homes and residential care homes
  • School buildings
  • Child care centers
  • Hospitals and jails



Application for Food Service Permit/Plan Review

Application for Non-Profit Food Service

Temporary Food Establishment Information

Temporary Event Organizer Application

Temporary Food Establishment Vendor Information

Application for Business Use of Home

Fee Schedule


Additional Information and links

Food Safety for Consumers

State Rules

NC Division of Environmental Health

North Carolina Department of Agriculture

US Food and Drug Administration