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Facilities Inspections

The Health Department’s Environmental Health team conducts a variety of inspection services as required by law, to protect public health. These include inspections for hotels and motels, schools, swimming pools, institutions and youth camps, mobile home parks, public restrooms, solid waste and air pollution. Call (859) 231-9791 for more information about any of the services listed below.

Hotels & Motels

Hotels and motels in Fayette County are inspected once each year for compliance with state regulations in order to ensure the public clean and healthy lodging. Complaints from the public are also investigated as received.

Department for Public Health Website Hotel-Motel page

Hotel and Motel Regulation

School Inspections

All public, private and parochial schools (grades K - 12) are inspected twice annually for compliance with the Kentucky School Sanitation Regulation. Follow-up inspections are conducted when a score of 90% or less or a critical health or safety violation is observed.


The inspections include checks for adequate lighting; drinking fountains, toilet and handwashing facility availability and sanitation; disposal of solid waste; safety of playground equipment; general safety and cleanliness of premises; use and storage of toxic chemicals and pesticides; presence of insect or rodent infestations; and building maintenance as it relates to the health and safety of the students and faculty.


Indoor air quality issues may now be addressed using the Environmental Protection Agency’s "Tools for Schools" Program. This is in conjunction with the implementation of the program by the Fayette County Public School System.


Department for Public Health Website


             Indoor Air Quality:

CDC's Indoor Air Quality Website

EPA's Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools

Informacion en Espanol



             Mold Resources:

Mold and Moisture

Swimming Pools

Public Pools

Fayette County's public swimming pools (approximately 300) are routinely inspected to ensure compliance with state and local regulations for cleanliness, safety and overall operation. New pools are approved and inspected prior to being permitted to open. The Health Department's Environmental Health staff hold educational classes to provide training in pool safety, maintenance, operator responsibility and the disease causing potential of swimming pool water, thus preventing waterborne disease in public swimming facilities. Written materials on swimming pool safety are provided to pool operators as well as the general public. Pool operators are tested and certified at annual pool schools .



Private Pools

The health department requires that plans for residential backyard pools built in the ground be submitted and meet requirements of Board of Health Regulation #12 prior to construction. These pools are not routinely inspected; however, health department personnel will make visits and offer technical assistance if requested. Written materials on swimming pool safety and maintenance are provided to the public upon request.


General Information:

              Stay Safe In and Around Swimming Pools

Institutions and Youth Camps

The Institutions Program involves inspections of state confinement facilities and youth camps, to ensure a healthful and safe environment for persons living in the institution. Institutions are monitored for adequate ventilation, lighting, heat and space, safe water supplies and waste disposal systems, toilet/bath facilities, adequate bedding and solid waste disposal. Also, checks for safety hazards, first aid equipment and certified personnel are performed. Youth camps are inspected prior to opening and while in session each summer. Blackburn Correctional Institute is inspected twice annually with follow-up inspections as necessary.

             Youth Camps:



             Confinement Facilities:


Mobile Home Parks

The Mobile Home Park/Recreational Vehicle Park Inspection Program ensures that mobile home and RV parks in Fayette County meet the safety and sanitary standards for operation. Parks are inspected once every 12 months for compliance with Kentucky’s Mobile Home and Recreational Vehicle Park Regulation. Complaints from the public are also investigated as received.


Public Restrooms

The Public Restroom Program investigates complaints received regarding restroom facilities in public buildings. The program ensures that the facility is in compliance with the state Public Restroom Regulation.


Solid Waste Management

All aspects of solid waste management within the county are controlled under this program. The county construction/demolition debris landfills are checked monthly by the health department to ensure they are being operated properly, with appropriate follow-up as needed. Solid waste storage, transportation, recycling, composting and transfer facilities are also monitored. Staff also respond to reports of dumping of hazardous and infectious materials.

Air Pollution Program

The health department carries out a limited program in air quality monitoring. The Air Pollution Program permits and inspects all operating incinerators annually. This program also investigates all citizen complaints on air quality.

Division of Air Quality   

Ky Department of Environmental Protection

Kentucky Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet


Other resources:


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Change in services: Effective May 20, 2014, we are able to provide childhood vaccinations (must live in Fayette County, be 18 years or younger and be uninsured or underinsured). Limited appointments are available daily Monday-Friday, and appointments can be made up to a week in advance by calling the Public Health Clinic at (859) 288-2483.

Our Public Health Clinic at 650 Newtown Pike is no longer able to see patients for the following programs: adult immunizations/physicals and breast/cervical cancer.

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