Public Health / Inspections
The mission of the Health Department is to assist the citizens of Granbury in achieving this state of wellness through public health service and education programs.
- Goal: Prevent disease, promote health
- Vision: Healthy people in a healthy community
- Standard: Public-oriented service where the health department works in partnership with the community to provide quality programs that are delivered with enthusiasm and a positive attitude
- Health Inspection Scores
- Smoking Ordinance
- Bed & Breakfast Establishments
- Hotels / Motels
- Retail Food Establishments
- Public & Semi-Public Pools
- Schools / Childcare Facilities
- Snowcone Stands - Seasonal Sale
- Temporary Food Establishments
Inspections are conducted 2-4 times annually. Each inspection results in a score based on the number of violations found. Each score is based on a point system from 0-100, with a score of 100 being perfect. Each violation has a demerit value; this value is subtracted from 100 to give the inspection score.
|Scoring Range||Meaning||Required Action|
|100-90||Very good||Regular inspection schedule|
|89-80||Good||Regular inspection schedule|
|79-70||Passing||Increased inspection frequency|
|69-60||Failing||Requires a compliance inspection within 48 hours|
|59-0||Requires immediate closure and re-inspection before reopening|
Violations may be classified as critical or non-critical. Critical violations, such as temperature control and cross-contamination issues, are more likely than other violations to contribute to food contamination, illness, injury, or cause an environmental health hazard. In the event that a critical violation is found, immediate action is taken to resolve the issue to ensure that public health is not put at further risk.
A non-critical violation is one that does not seriously affect public health. Any non-critical violations found during an inspection must be corrected by the time of the next inspection.
Bed & Breakfast Establishments are inspected annually for compliance with Texas Health & Safety Code 341.066 Minimum Standards for the inspection of Tourist Courts, Hotels, Inns, and Rooming Houses and Fire Codes.
The annual B&B Permit Application shall be completed and inspection fee paid prior to issuance of B&B permit.
The City of Granbury requires an annual hotel / motel permit application to operate in the corporate boundary of Granbury.
The City of Granbury is responsible for the permitting and inspection of more than 200 food establishments within the city limits of Granbury. These establishments include retail restaurants, school cafeterias, grocery and convenience stores, bakeries, day care centers, bed and breakfasts, and retirement / nursing homes.
The city also conducts inspections of temporary food service facilities. These are facilities that operate in conjunction with special events.
Retail Food Permits
All retail food establishment permits expire on December 31 of the year issued and are non-transferable. To apply for a new or renewal permit, complete a retail food service establishment application and submit the appropriate fee; checks payable to the City of Granbury.
Food Protection Manager
The State of Texas and City of Granbury require all food service establishments to have a certified food protection manager on duty or available for contact during hours of operation.
New / Remodeled Food Service Establishments
This department also works in conjunction with the Building and Fire Departments to review the plans of all new food service establishments, as well as the remodeling of any current establishment to ensure that equipment and facilities meet the criteria for the safe handling of food for our community.
All public and semi-public swimming pools and spas within the city limits of Granbury must submit a pool permit application and obtain a permit. Public and semi-public pools include those at apartments, hotels / motels, community, and health club pools.
Inspections are performed to ensure that all pools and spas are operated in a safe and healthy manner. Inspections are based on the Texas Department of Health standards for swimming pools and spas.
Facilities that are designated and licensed by the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services as childcare establishments are permitted and inspected by the City of Granbury Health Department.
Inspections of these facilities are aimed at providing a safe, healthy learning environment for children. Focus areas include playground construction and maintenance, building and equipment maintenance, and food safety. For both childcare facilities, with and without meal preparation, and schools, a food service establishment permit application should be filed with the City of Granbury annually.
Snowcone Stand (Seasonal Sales)
Snowcone stands operate under a "Seasonal Sales" permit, for up to 120 days per year. Snowcone stands are required to pass an annual pre-opening health/ sanitation inspection, conducted by the Health Inspector, prior to opening. In addition, the Building Official verifies compliance with parking requirements, building, plumbing, and electrical, and sign codes.
The fees for snowcone stands are located in the Fee Schedule.
A Snowcone Stand Application must be submitted with all applicable drawings, permissions, and fees. Inspections will be conducted by the Building Official and Health Inspector prior to issuance of the Snowcone Stand Permit.
The Texas Food Establishment Rules define a temporary food establishment as: A food establishment that operates for a period of no more than 14 consecutive days, in conjunction with a single event or celebration.
The Health Department must receive the temporary food establishment permit application at least one week prior to the event. A late fee of one-half the permit fee will be assessed if the completed application and permit fee are not received within two full working days prior to the event.