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The Health Division of the Department of Inspectional Services ensures that all food establishments in the City of Boston meet relevant sanitary codes and standards. Businesses that serve food are inspected at least once a year, and follow-up inspections are performed on high risk establishments. Health inspections are also conducted in response to complaints of unsanitary conditions or illness.

The data comes from The Health Division of the Department of Inspectional Services of Philadelphia.
The city's data portal is updated daily, and we at EveryBlock check their database every day.

Each restaurant begins an inspection with 100 points. Points are deducted for each violation.The point values are assigned based on the health risk a violation poses to the public. The inspector adds up the score when they complete the inspection. The higher the score, the better the restaurant performed on the inspection.

Violations Fit into three categories:
1.A foodborne critical violation, such as failing to keep food at safe temperatures, carries a higher risk of foodborne illness and a penalty of 10 points.
2.A critical violation, such as re-serving unwrapped food items, carries a penalty of 7 points.
3.A non-critical violation, such as failing to properly clean walls, ceilings, or other non-food-contact surfaces, carries a penalty of 2 points.

How scores become grades?
Here's how scores are turned into grades:

1.A score of 94 to 100 points results in an A.
2.A score of 81 to 93 points results in a B.
3.A score of 80 or fewer points results in a C.
This system conforms to the standing practice of allowing a restaurant to pass an inspection with up to three (3) non-critical violations. This also ensures that higher grades are reserved for restaurants with fewer critical violations.

Low Scores
If a restaurant earns a very low score, the necessary action is taken.This includes a temporary closure of a restaurant. The team works with low-scoring restaurants to improve their practices and to help them comply with sanitary codes.


  • Source Boston's Health Division .
  • Updated Daily