Health Inspections
Deschutes County Public Health
2577 NE Courtney Drive, Bend, OR 97701
Phone: (541) 322-7400

Restaurants and Mobile Food Units

The restaurants and Mobile Food Units in Deschutes County are inspected at least twice a year. Inspections are performed by Deschutes County Environmental Health Department employees. The inspections are unannounced and the inspector is checking for risk factors that could increase the potential for foodborne illness. Education is our main tool to help prevent foodborne illness and our focus is to teach restaurant employees how to reduce the risk of foodborne illness by raising awareness on the importance of handwashing and hygeine, time and temperature control for potentially hazardous foods, and cross-contamination. We also inspect for sanitation and cleanliness of restaurants. Active Managerial Control is critical for restaurants to prevent an outbreak.

The restaurant inspection report reflects the violations observed at the time of inspection. Priority and Priority Foundation Violations carry more risk and have more points deducted. Points can double for repeat violations. Every restaurant starts with a score of 100 and points are deducted from there.

A score of less than 70 results in a Failed To Comply notice being posted on the main entrance. A recheck inspection will be performed to ensure that violations have been corrected.

It must be noted that scores don’t always tell the full story of how a restaurant is performing with regard to safe food handling practices. The scoring system is not perfect and neither are health inspectors or restaurant operators. A low scoring restaurant may never make anyone sick or a high-scoring restaurant may have an outbreak tomorrow. Foodborne illness is an inexact science with MANY risk factors that influence how, when, where, and why an outbreak occurs.

You are encouraged to look for consistent scores when judging a restaurant.

Related Information

The following websites provide information about foodborne illness symptoms and treatment.


Lodging (Hotels, Motels and R.V. Parks)

Traveler’s accommodations within Deschutes County are required to be inspected at least once every 2 years (bi-annually). Inspections are performed by Deschutes County Environmental Health Department Inspectors. The inspections are unannounced and the inspector is checking for risk factors that could increase the potential for transmission of diseases and for sanitary facility practices. Education is our main tool to help prevent disease transmission and to maintain clean living areas.

Our focus is to teach hotel management and their employees how to reduce the risk of disease transmission by raising awareness on the importance of segregating clean from dirty linens, the need to wash, rinse and sanitize in-room dishes including glasses, mugs, coffee makers and ice buckets, to clean rooms and common areas thoroughly and to receive training on detection and habits of insects and vermin. Active Managerial Control is critical for the oversight and continuity of policies and procedures to prevent unclean and unsanitary conditions.

The traveler’s accommodation inspection report reflects the violations observed at the time of inspection. These inspections provide a summary of the violations or problems noted upon arrival at the facility and a summation of corrections or changes to policy that the management of the facility shall implement to reduce the chance of disease transmission.

While Travelers Accommodation inspections are not scored, these reports show a snapshot view of any violation the Health Inspector observed at the time of inspection. The reports can be a useful public health tool for travelers to see patterns that relate to risk factors, cleanliness, and sanitation.

Related Information

The following websites provide information about traveler’s accommodations and related topics of interest for the traveler:


Pools, Spas and Wading Pools

The public and semipublic pools in Deschutes County (public pools, and pools at hotel, athletic clubs and apartment/condo) are inspected twice a year for year around operations and once per year for seasonal facilities. Inspections are performed by Deschutes County Registered Environmental Health Specialists. The inspections are unannounced and the inspector is checking for risk factors that could increase the potential for Recreational Water Illness transmission or safety hazards. Education is our main tool to help prevent waterborne illness and our focus is to teach pool operators how to reduce the risk of illness by raising awareness on the importance of:

The inspection report reflects the violations observed at the time of inspection. These inspections provide a summary of the violations or problems noted upon arrival at the facility and a summation of corrections or changes to policy that the management of the facility shall implement to reduce the chance of disease transmission.

While these inspections are not scored, these reports show a snapshot view of any violation the Health Inspector observed and the required corrections. The reports contained herein can be a useful public health tool for bathers to see patterns that relate to water quality and safety hazards.

Bather Facts to Know

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