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Inspections, Inquiries and Complaints

**If you have an inquiry or would like to file a complaint regarding a Public Health Concern

in one of our towns, please contact us at 201-445-7217

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Food Establishment Inspections: 

A REHS inspects food establishments to determine if there is a violation of Chapter 24 of the State Sanitary Code. (Code was updated 1-2-2007).


These inspections are done annually at all food establishments and more often depending on  the risk level of food establishment.


  • Risk level 1 – Serves or sells prepackaged, non-potentially hazardous foods and heats only commercially processed foods for hot handling.  Ex. Convenience stores, hot dog carts, and coffee shops.

  • Risk level 2 – Food establishments with a limited menu, prepares, cooks and serves most products immediately, limited complex preparation of potentially hazardous foods.  Ex. Retail food stores, schools, and quick service operations.

  • Risk Level 3 – Food establishments with an extensive menu which requires handling of raw ingredients and is involved in the complex preparation of menu items that include cooking, cooling, and reheating of at least three or more potentially hazardous foods. Ex. Full service restaurants, diners, commissaries and catering operations; Or an establishment that prepares and serves potentially hazardous foods to a highly susceptible population Ex. Hospitals, nursing homes and preschools.

  • Risk Level 4 – a retail food establishment that conducts specialized processes such as smoking, curing, canning, bottling or acidification designed to control pathogen proliferation.


Depending on violations, the establishment is given a grade of:

  • Satisfactory - no significant violations

  • Conditional - some violations need to be addressed

    • A  re-inspection will be required

  • Unsatisfactory - several serious violations 

    • The establishment is closed until violations are addressed

**Click here for Important and Useful Information for Food Establishments and Restaurants

Tanning Facility Inspections:  

Chapter 28 establishes safety, sanitation and record keeping requirements for the operation of indoor tanning facilities that use ultraviolet sunlamp products and sets forth standards for registration, associated fees, inspection, and enforcement.

Public Pool Inspections:  

All public recreational bathing places have a preoperational inspection and follow up inspection during the operating season.

Inspectors verify the presence of:

  • Lifeguards

  • First aid equipment

  • Weekly water analysis from a certified lab

  • Backboards

  • Reach poles

  • Emergency phone

  • Emergency phone numbers list

Recreational Bathing Information Page

Child Care Center Inspections:  

 All public recreational bathing places have a pre-operational inspection and follow up inspection during the operating season.

Youth Camps

NWBRHC conducts pre-operational inspections on NJ Department of Health licensed youth camps.

Body Art: Piercing, Tattooing, and Permanent Cosmetics

Body art establishments must be licensed or permitted to operate with approved practitioners by local health departments, which also conduct inspections of establishments. The General Sanitation Project of the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) facilitates rule development and interpretation and assists local health authorities with investigations of reported infections.


20 West Prospect Street,

Waldwick, NJ 07463

Tel: 201-445-7217

Emergency After Hours: 201-885-3572


Fax: 201-445-4001

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