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Food Facility Inspections

When an operating permit is issued to a 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.

Coming in  2016: Color-coded Placarding

color-coded-placards.png Sonoma County is proposing the implementation of a color-coded placard system that delivers a clear and simple message to the public about a facility's food safety practices. 

In January 2015, we started community outreach and field trials of this program when food facilities received a courtesy notification that reflected their inspection results.

Here's How it Works

When a food facility is inspected, it is given a color-coded placard.

A placard is posted in clear view at 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.

Pass: Green Placard - An acceptable level of compliance was achieved.

Conditional Pass: Yellow Placard - Violations were observed that required immediate correction, and a follow-up inspection will be conducted within 72 hours.

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

We welcome your feedback on this new program.

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)

Field Inspection Guide - Draft

Draft Field Inspection Guide (PDF: 1.2 MB)

Contact Information

Public Health Division
County of Sonoma
Office Hours
Monday – Friday
7:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Office Location
Environmental Health & Safety
625 5th Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
38.4417115, -122.7137387

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The California Retail Food Code

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CalCode establishes uniform statewide health and sanitation standards for retail food facilities.

 

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