Restaurant and Other Health Scores

Food Inspection Scores - What Do They Mean?

Food establishments are inspected either once or twice per year depending on the processes they use. Establishments could possibly receive up to four inspections if they continue to score a below average or failing score. Food scores are posted at a minimum of twice per year, typically at mid-point and endpoint, but may be posted more frequently.

Scoring for food inspections is based upon 100 weighted points assigned to different categories that summarize all of the health and sanitation regulations from food protection to physical conditions of areas such as walls, floors and plumbing. Critical violations, those that require immediate corrective action due to food contamination, illness and/or injury, are assigned a higher weighted point value (3 points) than non-critical violations (1-2 points). An establishment may receive a passing score but could still be closed due to an abundance of critical violations.

It is important to note that when looking at the overall score of a food establishment, one must consider all of the processes carried out at the facility. For instance, a convenience store with only pre-packaged food items does not involve the same processes as a full service restaurant.

In addition, a routine food service inspection is only a "snap-shot" of the day. At any given time a food establishment may have more or fewer violations than noted at the time of inspection. A food service inspection may not reflect the overall, long-term cleanliness of an establishment. An important fact to note is that many violations noted on inspection are corrected on-site prior to the inspector leaving.

If you believe that you are suffering from a food related or food-borne illness, please contact a medical doctor for advice as a food borne illness cannot be confirmed without laboratory testing & analysis. In addition, residents should also contact Environmental Health Services so that an assessment can be made at the establishment.

For more information, you may contact Environmental Health Services at 972-412-6283.

Scoring Range
Required Actions
100 - 90
Very good - Regular six-month inspection
89 - 80
Good - Regular six-month inspection
79 - 70
Fair - Requires reinspection within 30 days
69 - or Below
Failing - Requires a follow-up inspection within 10 days or closure

Current food scores:

2019 Food Scores (10/1/2018-9/30/2019)

2018 Food Score (10/1/2017-09/30/2018)

2017 food scores (10/1/16 - 9/30/17) (PDF)

2016 food Scores (10/1/15 - 09/30/16) (PDF)

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Senior Environmental Health Specialist, Rodney Noles, at 972-463-3961 or via email.