Health Inspection Program
Lisa Silva, Program Manager
Emergency Consultation and Disease Reporting hotline: 1-800-821-5821.
The Health Inspection Program exists to provide licensing and inspection services for a number of different types of businesses to protect the public health. These businesses include restaurants, lodging, campgrounds, youth camps, public swimming pools and spas, tattooists, micropigmentation, body piercing, electrolysists, school cafeterias, and mass gatherings.
The Health Inspection Team.
New Rule In Effect
Effective October 10, 2018, the Administration and Enforcement of Establishments Regulated by the Health Inspection Program, 10-144 CMR Ch.201 has been adopted. You can access the complete rule and related rulemaking documents by going to the Maine CDC Rules webpage.
Fraudulent Health Inspector Alert
This is to alert you that the Health Inspection Program has received complaints about an individual calling restaurants and claiming to be a health inspector. The individual states that the restaurant owner must provide a credit card number to pay for the inspection.
This individual does not represent the State’s Health Inspection Program. Please do not send this individual any money or provide credit card information. The State’s Health Inspection Program would never call to ask you for your credit card information.
Please refer to the staff link for names of the Health Inspection Program staff. Do not allow anyone without proper identification to enter into your establishment to conduct a food inspection, nor provide or confirm personal information to anyone on the phone or in person asserting to be from the State health department.
Please immediately call your local police department if you suspect that a person is acting fraudulently.
Food Allergen Information
Undeclared allergens are the leading cause of food recalls initiated by the FDA. The agency recently posted an article for consumers that describes which foods are most often affected and the allergens that are involved. You can go to the following link to see a copy of the article. Click here.
Business License Application Information
The Health Inspection Program received a call regarding a business advertising and selling business license compliance packages that include the Health Inspection Program’s License Application. These packages were being sold for $149.99.
There are businesses that provide services such as compiling forms and filing business license applications for their clients that are required by state, county, city and municipal government agencies. There is a fee associated with these services.
Please be aware that if you wish to fill out the applications on your own, they are free and can be downloaded from our website at maine.gov/healthinspectio/form, or you may call our offices at 207-287-5671 and we will mail or email you a copy.
To file a complaint, report a foodborne illness, or inquire about a Health Inspection Program-licensed establishment, please call our main number at 207-287-5671 during business hours. Our offices are open Monday through Friday from 8am-5pm excluding holidays. For emergency after hours calls please call 1-800-821-5821.
Safety Guidelines for Choosing Residential and Day Camps in Maine
You may download these guidelines for use when choosing a residential or day camp in Maine.
Opening for the Season Handout
You may download this handout for use when opening your facility for the season.
Henna Tattoo Alert
While the Health Inspection Program does not regulate henna tattoos as they are temporary tattoos, there are health concerns that we would like to make you aware of from FDA.
Americans With Disabilites Act and Swimming Pools
2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design
Certified Food Protection Manager Requirement
Every eating establishment, with some exemptions, must employ or engage a Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM). This requirement was adopted in the Administrative Rules for Establishments licensed by the Health Inspection Program effective January 18, 2011. A certified food protection manager must be hired within 60 days of a new eating establishment opening or when a certified food protection manager leaves employment. Existing establishments have until January 18, 2012 to have a certified food protection manager at each establishment. Learn more.
Business Answers for Licensed Facilities
The Health Inspection Program has prepared a series of questions and answers to assist those who are interested in starting a restaurant, bed and breakfast, hotel, tattoo parlor, or other facility licensed by the Program. Learn more.
Policy for Sewage Holding Tanks for Campgrounds and Mobile Food Units
This policy is written to specify the minimum construction standards and maximum tank liquid capacity for portable wastewater holding tanks used at campgrounds and mobile food takeout facilities without access to a direct sewer connection. This policy will include all campgrounds and mobile food takeout facilities licensed by the Health Inspection Program.
Emergency Consultation and Disease Reporting hotline.
For emergencies please call 1-800-821-5821.
Bed & Breakfast, 5 Rooms or Less
In response to legislation that was passed and reflected in Title 22 §2501 which states “Private homes are not deemed or considered lodging places and subject to a license when not more than 5 rooms are let…” the Department wants to clarify that your B&B establishment 5 rooms or less kitchen is still regulated as an eating place by the Department of Health and Human Services as you are preparing and serving a breakfast meal. The lodging piece of your establishment is not inspected by the Department however, a license and inspection is required for eating establishments per Title 22 Chapter 562 §2492.
Virginia Graeme Baker Act
A copy of the U.S. Consumer Protection Safety Commission's information handout on theVirginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act is now available. By December 19, 2008, ALL public pool owners/operators must:
• Install drain covers that meet the ANSI/ASME A112.19.8–2007 standard on EVERY drain/ grate. A list of cover manufacturers can be found at www.cpsc.gov/whatsnew.html#pool.
• Install an automatic shut-off system, gravity drainage system, Safety Vacuum Release System (SVRS), suction-limiting vent system or disable the drain, if the pool operates off of a SINGLE main drain. Pools and spas with unblockable drains are exempt from this requirement. A list of SVRS manufacturers can be found at www.cpsc.gov/whatsnew.html#pool.
• Ensure that dual or multiple main drains are at least 3 feet apart.
Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Information
- Commercial Cleaning Companies
- 7C1 List 7C3 List
- District Health Inspector List (xlsx file)
- Employee Health Initiative
- Online License Renewal
- Boil Water Order Guidance (PDF)
- Emergency Action Plan for Retail Food Establishments
- Handwash Poster for Posting (Word file)
- Home Catering Policy (Word file)
- Liquor Licensing Requirements
- Pest Management Companies List
- Public Swimming Pool & Spa Registration information & forms
- Retail Tobacco License List
- Maine’s Outdoor Dining Smoking Prohibition Law Guide
- US FDA Recalls and Announcements
- Drinking Water Program (water supplies)
- Subsurface Wastewater Program (septic systems)
- Cemeteries and Crematoria