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Food Facility Inspections

When an operating permit is issued to a new food facility, such as a restaurant, market, deli, or café in Sonoma County, the initial inspection is performed within 30 days.

All food facilities are inspected once or twice per year. Typically inspections are not scheduled or announced. The inspection criteria used by our food inspectors is outlined in the field inspection guide.

Food Facility Inspection Reports

We are excited to announce our new food facility inspection results website. The website includes up to two years of inspection history.

Food Facility Inspection Results

Food facilities such as restaurants, grocery stores, bakeries, bars, and bed and breakfast inns receive routine food safety inspections. The website includes the most recent inspection and up to two years of inspection history. Permit suspensions or revocations and permit reinstatements are also included. 

Inspection terminology and explanations of violations are also found in the food facility inspection results website.

Inspection information for temporary food facilities at community events are not included.

We welcome your feedback on our new food facility inspection results website.

Food Inspections Map

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SoCoData is the open data portal for the County of Sonoma. Food facility inspection data is provided through the data portal as a food facility inspection map.

Beginning June 1, 2016: Color-Coded Placarding

Here's How It Works

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When a food facility is inspected, it is given a color-coded placard. The placard is posted in clear view near the entrance to each food facility. It delivers a clear and simple message to the public about a facility's food safety practices, and assists the community in making informed decisions.

The Placards

Pass: Green Placard – An acceptable level of compliance was achieved. No more than one major violation was observed and corrected at the time of inspection.

Conditional Pass: Yellow Placard – Two or more major violations were observed and corrected at time of inspection. A follow-up inspection will be conducted within 24 - 72 hours.

Closed: Red Placard – Closure was required due to an imminent danger to public health or safety.

Background

The color-coded placarding program was approved by the Board of Supervisors on March 1, 2016 and will be implemented on June 1, 2016.  It will take approximately 6 months to a year for each food facility in the program to receive their placard.

We welcome your feedback on this new program.

Class Schedule: "Go for the Green"

Food facility operators are encouraged to send a manager or owner to the “How to Get a Green” trainings on food safety practices that lead to a green placard. Seating is limited, so please RSVP to (707) 565-6565 to guarantee your seat.

Language: English

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
2:00  - 3:30 p.m.
City View Rooms
625 5th Street, Santa Rosa 
Google Maps™ Directions
RSVP: (707) 565-6565

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
City View Rooms
625 5th Street, Santa Rosa
Google Maps™ Directions
RSVP: (707) 565-6565

Language: Spanish

CANCELLED -- Wednesday, May 11, 2016
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
City View Rooms,
625 5th Street, Santa Rosa  
Google Maps™ Directions

Thursday, May 26, 2016
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
City View Rooms
625 5th Street, Santa Rosa
Google Maps™ Directions
RSVP: (707) 565-6565

Resources for Food Facility Operators

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Overview: Color-Coded Placard Program
English| Spanish (PDF: 263 KB)

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Placard Placement Guidelines
English| Spanish (PDF: 274 KB)

Presentation: How to Get a Green Placard

Presentation: How to Get a Green Placard
English| Spanish (PDF: 2.7 MB )

Quick Guide: How to Get a Green Placard

Quick Guide: How to Get a Green Placard 
English| Spanish (PDF: 232 KB )

Inspection Form - Sample

Sample Inspection Form (PDF: 730 KB)

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Field Inspection Guide (PDF: 1.2 MB)


Contact Information

Public Health Division
County of Sonoma
Business Hours
Monday – Friday
7:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Contact us by Phone
Address
Office Location
625 5th Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
38.44178, -122.7158781

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The California Retail Food Code

Download CalCode [PDF]
CalCode establishes uniform statewide health and sanitation standards for retail food facilities.

 

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