Food Establishment Inspection - Restaurants, Grocery Stores and Kitchens
All food establishments within the city limits of Fort Worth are inspected by Code Compliance. The inspection frequency is based on the likelihood of a business causing an illness outbreak. The greater the opportunity to cause illness, the more frequently the business is inspected. The inspection results are reported using a demerit system (see below) in accordance with the Texas Food Establishment Rules. View the available past inspections here.
Violations found during the inspection are recorded as demerits and are separated into three groups. Priority Violations (3 demerits) – These violations are critical to ensuring the food served to the public is properly cooked and served in a safe and sanitary manner. Priority Foundation Violations (2 demerits) – These violations are critical to supporting the employee’s knowledge of procedures to provide safe food in a well equipped kitchen. Core Violations (1 demerit) – These violations are documented when the businesses are not maintaining their physical facilities and equipment to the minimum standards.
There is not a failing score. However, state law does indicate that when total demerits exceed 30, “the establishment shall initiate immediate corrective action on all identified critical violations and shall initiate corrective action on all other violations within 48 hours.”
It is important to remember that the scores here represent only a snapshot of the facility at the time the inspector arrived. The conditions could be better or worse while an inspector is not present.
Child care Facilities
The Consumer Health Division of the Code Compliance Department inspects all child care centers within the city limits of Fort Worth. Child care center health inspections are routinely conducted by city health officials to verify compliance with local minimum health requirements. The City of Fort Worth follows the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) model by not requiring that such inspections be numerically or letter graded. Although child care center health inspections are not graded, they nonetheless may reflect deficiencies that could pose harm to a child’s health and safety. If violations or deficiencies are present, the owner/operator of the facility is required to remedy the conditions of deficiency immediately or within a reasonable period of time, but not to exceed thirty (30) days.
In addition to the health inspections conducted by Fort Worth Consumer Health Division, child care facilities are also regulated by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services - Child Care Licensing.
Swimming Pool/Spa Health Inspections
The Consumer Health Division inspects all public pools and spas within the city limits of Fort Worth. Owner/operators must meet local and state minimum health requirements such as the proper maintenance of: water disinfection, filtration & circulation systems, safety features, signage, etc. Due to seasonal operational practices, pool and spa health inspections are primarily conducted during the spring and summer months. Indoor pools/spas are inspected year round.
The City of Fort Worth follows the Texas Department of State of Health Services (TDSHS) model by not requiring that such inspections be numerically or letter graded. Although pool and spa health inspections are not graded, they nonetheless may reflect deficiencies that could pose harm to the public’s health and safety. If violations or deficiencies are present, the owner/operator of the facility is required to remedy the conditions of deficiency immediately or within a reasonable period of time.
Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods
818 Missouri Ave.
P.O. Box 99005
Fort Worth, TX 76199-0005
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday