Hotel Permitting and Inspection

Hotel Permitting and Inspection

Hotels are inspected and permitted under the authority of the Rules and Regulations Governing Hotels. All HOTELS, MOTELS, BED & BREAKFAST and OTHER LODGINGS require a permit from the health department to operate. Plan reviews are required prior to permit issuance for new or remodeled facilities. 

Tourist Facility Permit Application

Tourist Facility Plan Review Application 

Inspections focus on general cleanliness, building upkeep, pool facilities, and insect and rodent control. VDH inspectors also check to make sure pools are in compliance with Virginia’s Pool Regulations (12VAC5-460 and 12VAC5-462).

To view the Hotel Regulations please use the following link: Lodging Regulations.  These regulations include standards for general sanitary living conditions, pest control, linen care, bathroom cleanliness and supplies, trash removal, and the sanitation of any kitchenware or kitchen appliances provided for guests.

What about Bed and Breakfasts? “Bed and breakfast facility” means a residential-type establishment that provides two or more rental accommodations and food service on any single day to a maximum of 18 transient guests for a period of five or more days in any calendar year or any residential type of facility providing at least one rental accommodation for transient guests and food service for a total of 30 or more days in any calendar year. VDH has established PIM 18-01, which outlines that residential-style rentals that meet the 12VAC5-431 definition of a “bed and breakfast facility” require a VDH Lodging Permit. This PIM is available at:

Operators of hotels, motels, and bed & breakfasts may be required to apply for and obtain other VDH permits, such as a pool construction permit or a Food Establishment Permit.


Uh oh – Got BED BUGS? If you encounter or observe bed bugs at a regulated facility, please contact us at

CLICK Here for guidance and information from the Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension Office.

Visit the VDH website for an interactive learning experience: BED BUGS.