Grade Cards FAQs

In accordance with Section 8-303.11 of the 2010 Regulations Governing the Sanitation of Food Establishments, “every food establishment in the health authority’s jurisdiction shall post the health permit and grade card, stating the grade received at the time of the most recent inspection, in an area that is clearly conspicuous to the consumer upon entering the food establishment.”

What does the grade card mean?2018-08-31T14:11:57-07:00

“A” grade:

The establishment has earned between 0-10 demerits on their last inspection.

“B” and “C” Downgrades:

“B” grade – The establishment has earned between 11 and 20 demerits or identical consecutive critical or major violations.

“C” grade – The establishment has earned between 21 and 40 demerits, has identical consecutive critical or major violations or more than 10 demerits on a ‘B’ grade re-inspection.

An establishment downgraded to a “B” or “C” shall be re-inspected to ensure correction of violations. Applicable fees PDF 128KB must be paid within 10 business days of the downgrade inspection. Re-inspection will be conducted after 15 business days, as determined by the inspector, or may be scheduled sooner at the request of the operator. If the operator requests an inspection prior to 15 business day, applicable fees must be paid prior to the re-inspection.

Failure to pass the re-inspection will lead to an additional downgrade and/or closure with applicable fees.

When does the health district close an establishment?2018-08-31T14:13:04-07:00

A closure takes place when an establishment has 41 or more demerits, an imminent health hazard requiring closure, or failed a “C” grade re-inspection.

An establishment must remain closed until approved to operate by the health district. The operator must correct all major and critical violations, pay the closure fee and schedule a re-inspection when ready. All health district closures require a full inspection prior to re-opening. The re-inspection must result in 10 demerits or fewer, with no identical repeat critical or major violations.

Business hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays. If an after-hours inspection is requested, an after-hours fee PDF 128KB must be paid in addition to all other applicable fees.

Contact your health district Environmental Health Food Operations office for more information.

Contact Information

Telephone: (702) 759-0588


Updated on: March 6, 2019

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