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Lodging: Bed & Breakfast Inns


Food & Lodging:
Scott Carpenter
Environmental Health Supervisor
Phone: (828) 465-8258
Email Scott Carpenter

Septic Systems & Wells:
Megen McBride
Environmental Health Supervisor
Phone: (828) 465-8268
Email Megen McBride

Staff Contact Info

map 25 Government Drive
Newton, NC 28658

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m
15A NCAC 18A .3002 PERMITS
(a) No person shall operate a bed and breakfast inn within the State of North Carolina who does not possess a valid permit from the Department.
(b) No permit to operate shall be issued to a person until an inspection by the Department shows that the bed and breakfast inn complies with the rules of this Section.
(c) A permit issued to one person is not transferable to another person.
(d) Upon transfer of ownership of an existing bed and breakfast inn, the Department shall complete an inspection. If the establishment satisfies all the requirements of the rules, a permit shall be issued. If the establishment does not satisfy all the requirements of the rules, a permit shall not be issued. However, if the Department determines that the noncompliant items are construction or equipment problems that do not represent an immediate threat to the public health, a transitional permit may be issued. The transitional permit shall expire 90 days after the date of issuance, unless suspended or revoked before that date, and shall not be renewed. Upon expiration of the transitional permit, the owner or operator shall have corrected the noncompliant items and obtained a permit, or the bed and breakfast inn shall not continue to operate.
(e) The Department may impose conditions on the issuance of a permit or transitional permit. Conditions may be specified for one or more of the following areas:
(1) The number of rooms or persons.
(2) The categories of food served.
(3) Time schedules in completing minor construction items.
(4) Modification or maintenance of water supplies.
(5) Use of facilities for more than one purpose.
(6) Continuation of contractual arrangements upon which basis the permit was issued.
(7) Submission and approval of plans for renovation.
(8) Any other conditions necessary for a bed and breakfast inn to remain in compliance with
this Section.
(f) A permit is issued by and inspections are made by authorized representatives of the Department.
(g) A permit or transitional permit shall be immediately revoked in accordance with G.S. 130A-248(b) for failure of the facility to maintain a minimum grade of C. A permit or transitional permit may otherwise be suspended or revoked in accordance with G.S. 130A-23. A new permit to operate shall be issued only after the establishment has been reinspected by the Department and found to comply with this Section. This reinspection will be conducted within a reasonable length of time, not to exceed 15 days, after the request is made by the permittee.

Plans must be submitted to this department prior to construction along with contact information.

It is the responsibility of the owner or operator to meet all building codes, zoning ordinances, fire, tax and other laws, rules and ordinances applicable to the food service operation.  Nothing in these rules shall be interpreted to exempt any tattoo operation from the rules or ordinances of other agencies.

The facility must be either hooked up to a public water system or well water.  If the facility is connected to well water, then a water sample must be taken prior to opening. 

Sewage shall be disposed of into either a proper onsite sewage system or public waste water system.  If your facility has an onsite sewage system, a tank check is required to ensure that the existing system is sized properly.