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Residential Care Facilities


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
"Residential care facility" means an establishment providing room or board and for which a license or certificate for payment is obtained from the Department of Human Resources. However, the term shall not include a child day care facility or an institution as defined in 15A NCAC 18A .1300.

Plans and specifications for new construction or modification of residential care facilities, except family foster homes, shall be submitted to the agency designated by the state licensure regulations and to the local health department for review and approval before beginning construction.

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.

Inspections of residential care facilities shall be made by the Department at least once a year prior to the expiration of the license. Inspections are required for family foster homes only for those homes served by individual or non-community water supplies or on-site sewage systems. A copy of the inspection form shall be provided to the person in charge of the facility. If conditions found at the time of the inspection are dangerous to the health of the residents, the agency supervising the family foster home shall be notified immediately by telephone or other direct means by the sanitarian.