Food Establishment Health Inspections

Health Inspections
Highland Village's Code Enforcement Division is also responsible for conducting health inspections, focusing primarily on food establishments.
Our inspections of food facilities include:
  • Concession stands
  • Convenience stores
  • Day care centers
  • Full-service and fast food restaurants
  • Grocery stores

  • Nursing home cafeterias
  • School cafeterias
  • Snow cone stands
  • Temporary event food booths


Highland Village's health inspectors look for critical and non-critical violations when conducting food establishment inspections.

Critical Violations

Critical violations consist of improper cooking techniques or practices that could result in food related disease. The first group of critical violations includes not re-heating food properly, not keeping food warm enough, not keeping food cold enough and not cooking food to appropriate temperatures. These violations result in points off on the inspection score.

The second group of critical violations includes other practices that could cause food borne illness. These violations result in points off on the inspection score. Examples of these violations are not washing hands properly, no soap or paper towels at the hand sinks, or improperly storing cleaning chemicals.

Non-Critical Violations

Non-critical violations are items that do not result in any points off but which must be corrected by the next regular inspection. Examples of such violations are walls, floors, or ceilings not being clean or in good repair.

Health Inspection Scores

Inspection scores can range from 0 to 100 points, with a score of 100 meaning that no critical violations were seen at the time of the inspection.