Food Related health inspections

If you own or operate any food service establishment, take time to familiarize yourself with State rules and the NC Food Code.

Restaurants & Meat Markets

Restaurants & meat markets are inspected one to four times a year, depending on menu items and food processes. Online health inspections are available soon after the inspection is completed. 

If you own or operate a restaurant or meat market in Jackson County, know that:

  • You must have a permit to operate, build, or remodel a restaurant or meat market.  Permits do not transfer from owner to owner.  Contact Jackson County Environmental Health to find out what requirements are before you buy, build, or remodel by calling 828-587-8276.

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Food Trucks & Pushcarts

A mobile food unit or a food truck is a restaurant on wheels that is fully enclosed with floors, walls, and ceilings while a push cart is designed to prepare and serve hotdogs only and can be moved by one person. 

Do I need to get a permit?

That depends.  Units that only serve commercially packaged food are regulated by the NC Department of Agriculture and do not need to get a permit through Jackson County Environmental Health.  To learn about the NC Department of Agriculture regulations, call 919-733-7366 or click here

Units serving prepared food will be required to get a permit though Jackson County Environmental Health.  To obtain a permit:

  • Find a restaurant that has space for overnight storage of food, water supply, washing facilities, and wastewater disposal to designate as a commissary. 
  • Complete the Food Establishment Plan Review Application Form.  Submit completed application to Jackson County Environmental Health.

School Lunchrooms

School lunchrooms are inspected more often than other places that serve food because they serve children.  High schools are inspected three times a year while elementary schools are inspected four times a year.  Online health inspections are available soon after the inspection is completed.


Concession Stands at Schools (Limited Food Establishments)

School concession stands or limited food establishments are typically those sponsored by PTAs and Booster Clubs.  These concession stands prepare and serve food only at amateur athletic events, like school football or basketball concession stands.  Permits for limited food service establishments can only be issued to:

  • Political subdivisions of the State (towns, cities)
  • Establishments operated by volunteers that prepare or serve food at amateur athletic events
  • Establishments operated by organizations that are exempt from federal income tax under sections 501(c)(3) or section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code

Limited food service establishments are inspected twice a year.  Grades are not required to be posted in these facilities. Online health inspections are available soon after the inspection is completed. 

If you want to set up a concession stand for your school, contact Jackson County Environmental Health by calling 828-587-8276.


Nursing Home Kitchens (Institutional Food Services)

Nursing home kitchens serve food to elderly residents, many of which have weakened immune systems.  Because of this, they are inspected more frequently than other places that serve food.  Online health inspections are available soon after the inspection is completed.


Temporary Food Establishments (TFEs)

A temporary food establishment (TFE) permit is required to sell food or drink at a special event.  This permit is issued in conjunction with a fair, carnival, circus, public exhibition, or other similar gathering that operates for a period of 21 days or less.

Do I need to get a permit?

That depends.  Vendors who sell only dipped ice cream, shaved ice, popcorn, candied apples, cotton candy, funnel cakes, doughnuts, peanuts, and commercially prepackaged chips and candy do not have to get a TFE permit from Jackson County Environmental Health.  However, vendors should contact the NC Department of Agriculture to determine if a permit is needed from them.  To contact the NC Department of Agriculture regulations, call 919-733-7366 or click here.

TFEs serving prepared food will be required to get a permit though Jackson County Environmental Health.  To obtain a permit:


Contact Us

If you have any questions about food related health inspections, contact Geraldine Riouff, FLI Program Coordinator, at 828-587-8276 or geraldineriouff@jacksonnc.org.