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Lodging, Child Care and Institutions

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Please note our new location and address:


Valerie C. Woodard Center (VCW)
3205 Freedom Drive, Suite 8000
Charlotte, NC 28208


There are lodging, child care, and institutional facilities located throughout Mecklenburg County. Many of these facilities are permitted b​y state agencies and do not require a County health department permit. The number of inspections per facility varies by type. Regulations for these facilities can be found in the ​​​ DHHS Rules. 

The facilities that fall into this category include:

  • Child Care Centers
  • Family Child Care Homes (Information Page)
  • Lodging Establishments (Hotels, Motels, Bed and Breakfast Homes & Inns)
  • Public and Private School Buildings
  • Institutions (Nursing Homes, Hospitals, Assisted Living Facilities) 
  • Residential Care Facility (Group Homes)
  • Local Confinement Facilities (Local Jails)
  • Adult Day Service
  • Mental Health, Disability, and Substance Abuse Facilities (Other Institutions)

Operator Resources for Institutions and Lodging Establishments:

Bed Bug Video (NC Department of Agriculture)

NC DHHS Regulations

Bed Bug Information

Bed Bug Information - Spanish

Institutions: Norovirus Recommendations 

Pest Control Process 

Institutions: Linen Handling 

Institutions: Backup Water Supply Guidance  

Institutions: Food Safety Requirements

Lodging: Continental Breakfast Guidance 

Lodging: Norovirus

Lodging: Cleaning Guidance  

Lodging: Cleaning Guidance - Spanish 

Lodging: Housekeeping Cart Guide 

Lodging: Housekeeping Cart Guide - Spanish 



Operator Resources for Child Care Establishments:​

Administrator/Director Guidance

Child Care Center Administrator Check List (October 2016)

Evaluation Form (January 2006)

Disapproved Classification Guidelines (September 2016)

Provisional Guidelines (September 2016)


Cleaning Procedures

Cleaning Guide (September 2016)


Communicable Disease

Communicable Disease Outbreak (November 2013)

Salmonellosis (September 2016)

Norovirus (February 2009)

Shigella. (September 2016)

 Centers for Di​sease Control (September 2014)

 Head​ Li​ce (September 2014)

 Poison Prevention and Education (September 2014)


Diaper Changing

Diaper Changing Sign (May 2012)

Toilet Training Procedure (September 2010)


Disinfectant/Sanitizer Guidance

Chlorine Sanitizer and Disinfectant Guide (September2016)

Chlorine Disinfectant Test Strips Vendors (September 2016)

Emergency Response

Flood Guide (April 2006)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)


Hand Washing

Hand Washing Sink Use (November 2012)

How and When to Disinfect a Hand Washing Sink (October 2014)

Hand Washing Sign (May 2012)

Procedimiento del Lavado de ​Manos (August 2012)

CDC Hand Hygiene (September 2014)


Kitchen/Food Service

Air Gaps (September 2016)

Backflow Prevention Guide  (September 2016)

Bottle Storage Guide (September 2016)

Crock Pots and Bottle Warming (October 2011)

Family Style Dining (September 2016)

Pocket Guide To Can Defects (November 1987)

Sanitizing Dishes in a 3 Compartment Sink (October 2016)

Utensil Washing in a 2 Compartment Sink and Dishwashing (October 2016)

Thermometer Calibration (October 2016)

Vegetable and Fruit Washing (October 2016)


Outdoor Learning Environment

CCA Treated Lumber Form (October 2016)

Gardening Best Practices (October 2016)

Insect and Mosquito Repellants (October 2016)

Outdoor Learning Environment and Premises (October 2016)

Petting Zoo Safety ( October 2016)

Poisonous Plant ID (September 2014)

Poisonous Plants of NC (September 2014)



Child Care Operator Detailed Inspection Sheet (October 2016)

Sanitati​on Rules (August 2007)

State Child Care Center Memos (September 2014)

Evaluati​on Form (January 2006)

State Lead Paint Hazard Memos (September 2014)



Diaper Changing Sign (May 2012)

Procedimientos para el cambio de Pañales (August 2012)

Hand Washing Sign (May 2012)

Procedimiento del Lavado de Manos(August 2012)

Toilet Training Sign (September 2010)



Emergency Medication Storage (April 2009)

Hazardous Item and Storage Guide  (December 2016)

Poison Prevention and Education​

Links to additional child care-related websites:


National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education

Child Care ​Resources, INC

Children's Envir​onmental Health Branch (CEHB)

Division of Child De​velopment & Early Education (DCD&EE)


Mailing Address:

Valerie C. Woodard Center
3205 Freedom Drive, Suite 8000
Charlotte, NC 28208

Office Location:

Valerie C. Woodard Center
3205 Freedom Drive, Suite 8000
Charlotte, NC 28208


Hours: Mon-Fri  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


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