Food establishment inspection reports are available through the Virginia Department of Health's website 5 to 7 business days after an inspection. These reports are for restaurants, fast food operations, delis, cafeterias and other types of food establishments inspected by Fairfax County Health Department Environmental Health Specialists (EHS). Inspection reports are available for food establishments in Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax and the City of Falls Church.
- Food establishment inspections are conducted by Fairfax County's Health Department, Division of Environmental Health, Consumer Protection Program.
- The Fairfax County Health Department permits and inspects approximately 3,300 food establishments within the localities of Fairfax County, City of Fairfax and City of Falls Church. All three jurisdictions have ordinances governing the operation of food establishments based on the FDA 2005 Food Code
- The inspection report information posted here describes conditions found in food service establishments at the time of the inspection. A single inspection should not be used to evaluate a food service establishment. Looking at the series of inspection results over time gives a more accurate picture of the food service establishment's commitment to food safety and sanitation.
- Any time a food service establishment is found to pose an imminent hazard to the public health, the Permit to Operate is suspended until such time as the health hazard is removed. An imminent health hazard may exist because of an emergency such as a fire, flood, extended interruption of electrical or water service, sewage backup, misuse of poisonous or toxic materials, the onset of an apparent foodborne illness outbreak, a gross unsanitary occurrence or condition or other circumstance that may endanger public health.