Northern Kentucky Health Department
Hotel Inspections in Northern Kentucky
By law, hotels are required to obtain a permit to operate
legally in the state of Kentucky. These permits are issued by the Kentucky
Cabinet for Health and Family Services. As part of the requirements of the
permit, these establishments are required to pass inspection by a registered
sanitarian, commonly known as a health inspector.
In Kentucky, a hotel is defined as any building or structure
kept, used, maintained, advertised as a place where
sleeping accommodations are provided to the public. This includes motels,
tourist homes and similar establishments, but excludes boarding homes, rooming
houses and bed and breakfasts.
The inspections are conducted at least once per year. Additional inspections may
result if needed. For example, a hotel receiving a safety/sanitation complaint
may be inspected more than once a year.
Generally, the inspections are unannounced and the
hotel is unaware ahead of time when an inspection will take place. This
helps to ensure that facilities are operating in a safe and sanitary manner at
all times, not just when staff are aware that an inspection is scheduled.
The purpose of inspecting hotels is to ensure the safety and health of
patrons while staying in a hotel. Examples of things inspectors
look for are:
- Hot and cold running water under pressure from an approved
source in all bathrooms
- Bed bugs, rodents and other insects under control
- Employees conforming to good hygienic practices
- Establishment is in good repair
What Do They Mean?
involve a report containing 27 potential items of violation, each of which is
assigned a point value based on how it can affect a person's health. The point
values range from two to six, with two being least severe and six being most
the items on the inspection are weighted at two or four points and are
characterized as “non-critical.” Others are weighted at six points because they
are considered a higher threat and are characterized as “critical.” No items on
the report are listed as three or five points.
example of a non-critical item is a hotel room lacking a trash can.
example of a critical item is a hotel room infested with bed bugs. Another
example would be if an inspector found a fire or safety hazard, such as blocked
calculate a hotel’s final score, the total of the points for all
violations marked is subtracted from a total point value of 100.
Follow-up inspections are necessary if a hotel has any critical
violations or if it has a total score below 85 without critical
violations. Follow-up inspections are scheduled based on a reasonable amount of
time it would take to correct the violations. A follow-up inspection can be
conducted on the same visit, if the problem is something the hotel staff can
correct immediately. A hotel can also require more than one follow-up
In any case, if the total score
received is below 70, more immediate enforcement measures are taken involving
imminent or immediate suspension of the hotel’s permit. Scores
below 70 may require administrative actions, including conferences with
officials from the Kentucky Department for Public Health, which may result in
later follow-up dates. The establishment
be required to close during this time period. If you have questions about a
particular situation, you may request the complete inspection report by calling
Environmental Health and Safety at 859.341.4151.
The latest Inspection reports are available online by clicking
These scores were updated on January 30, 2013.
There are several smoke-free hotels in
Northern Kentucky. A list of these hotels can be found