The Department of Restaurants & Hotels in partnership with foodservice operators is responsible for assuring food safety and protecting the public from foodborne illness. There are over 2,000 permitted food service establishments in DeKalb County. Food service establishments are inclusive of restaurants, school and hospital cafeterias, nursing homes, mobile units, correctional institutions, theaters, bars and lounges. Temporary food service establishments are also permitted by this division and must operate in conjunction with a fair, carnival, or public exhibition not to exceed 14 consecutive days. DeKalb County inspectors are charged with the task of providing periodic, regulatory inspections that include educating the food service operator on the importance of food safety practices. Most inspections are conducted at least twice a year.
In addition, this program is responsible for plan reviews and complaint investigations.
Additional information is also available from the following websites:
For more information:
- Opening a food service operation
- Certified Food Safety Manager
- Making a complaint
- Inspection scores
- Understanding the Inspection Report Form
- Food Service Rules & Regulations
- Food Recalls
- Applications for operating food service establishments
- Temporary Events
- Imminent Health Hazards – Guidelines for food services operators during a power outage or boil water advisory ( English | Spanish | Chinese | Korean ). Emergency action plan for retail food establishments.
- Guidance Document for Assessing Emergency Operation Plans for Food Service Establishments