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
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 and Moisture
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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