buffet.jpgFood Service Establishments

The Department of Health is responsible for inspecting and permitting approximately 1500 various food service establishments (FSE). Restaurants, deli's, luncheonettes, school cafeterias, fast food establishments, catering and food trucks, food vending machines, and the food stands at street fairs, carnivals, public pools and little league fields all receive routine inspections. Additionally, staff investigates complaints from the public regarding cleanliness or suspected illness after visiting a facility. Food establishments are regulated by the authority of the NYS Sanitary Code Subpart 14-1 (Food Service Establishments), Subpart 14-2 (Temporary Food Service Establishments), Subpart 14-4 (Mobile Food Service Establishments and Foodcarts), Subpart 14-5 (Vending of Food & Beverages) , and Rockland County Sanitary Code Article VI.  Operators who fail to comply with Sanitary Code requirements can be fined or ordered closed.

Prospective food service operators can obtain the relevant forms and applications.

Inspection Search

Now you can search the NYS Department of Health online database to instantly view the results of food service establishment inspections. You can look up information about a specific establishment by name, or search for all food establishments in a specific city. Every FSE in the county is listed. Prospective patrons may learn if their restaurant of choice has a satisfactory inspection history. 

To begin a search, go to NYSDOH Restaurant CheckRestaurant_Image.jpg , then select the "View Data" box at the top of the page, and use the search boxes on the right. The database lists each violation cited during a given inspection on a separate line, so you may see multiple lines with the same date of inspection. Be sure to check the date column to ensure you are looking at one inspection at a time.

Some establishments, such as supermarkets and convenience stores, are not regulated by Rockland County. Further information on these locations can be obtained by contacting the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets or calling 800-554-4501.

Please Note: The NYSDOH database contains inspection information for active facilities from 2005 to the present, and the data is updated monthly. If you are looking for more detailed inspection information, inspection data prior to 2005, to obtain information on facilities that are no longer operating or information that pertains to a previous owner or operator of a facility, please submit a FOIL request.

Disclaimer: As a result of an inspection, the Rockland County Department of Health may issue violations to the food service establishment. Owners of the establishment have the opportunity to dispute these violations at an administrative hearing and before the Commissioner of Health. The information presented here may reflect inspections that have not been adjudicated and have not been submitted to the Rockland County Commissioner of Health for an ultimate determination. Links on this page are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by the County of Rockland of any of the products, services or opinions of the corporation or organization or individual. The County of Rockland bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external site or for that of subsequent links.

Children's Camps

The Department is also responsible for inspecting and camp1.jpgpermitting dozens of children's camp in the county. The camps are operated by private owners, municipalities and religious and charitable organizations.  A camp operator must submit a lengthy application for a permit each spring. A pre-operational inspection conducted by department staff involves a thorough review of camp staff qualifications and training, first aid and CPR certifications, camper medical forms, and a walk around the camp grounds to observe the structural integrity of buildings and swimming pools.

An unannounced inspection is conducted at least once during the camp season to observe the supervision of campers while they are engaged in the numerous activities that might pose a risk to their health and safety. Go-carts, swimming, climbing towers, zip lines, and the food service are all checked while in use by the campers.

Children's Camps are regulated by New York State Sanitary Code Subpart 7-2 and the Rockland County Sanitary Code Article VIII. Camps not in compliance could face enforcement action resulting in a civil penalty.