Outcomes of food safety inspections of restaurants and other similar providers of food to the public. (More info)

Data Location



For the purposes of this exercise we will limit the open data review to the entities covered by the “Department of Business and Professional Regulations”

Summary information from -> http://www.floridahealth.gov/Environmental-Health/food-safety-and-sanitation/faq-page.html#faq_top1

  1. Who regulates food operations?

Food Safety in Florida is regulated by multiple agencies. The main three are: the Department of Health, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Additionally, the following agencies regulate food services for some of their licensees: Department of Children and Families (child care facilities, child caring agencies, etc.), Agency for Health Care Administration (hospitals and nursing homes), Agency for Persons with Disabilities (group homes that support and provide services for persons with disabilities).

(i) Generally, the Department of Health regulates food service establishments located in institutional settings (such as schools, assisted living facilities, adult day cares, and detention facilities), civic and fraternal organizations, bars and lounges that don't prepare foods, and theaters that limit their food service to items customarily served at theaters (such as beverages, popcorn, hotdogs, and nachos). For info, contact one of our local health departments or call (850) 245-4277.

(ii) The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services generally regulates whole-sale food operations, convenience stores, grocery stores, food processing operations, food storage/warehouse operation and non-alcoholic beverage operations (such as juice or smoothie bars and coffee houses). They can be reached by telephone at (850) 245-5520.

(iii) The Department of Business and Professional Regulation regulates restaurants, most mobile food vehicles, caterers, and most public food service events. You can reach their Customer Contact Center by calling (850) 487-1395 or you can file a complaint on line at

This is a supporting link covering the details of the file layout -> http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/sto/file_download/layout/public-records-hr.html

I marked that it is not available in bulk because it’s a list of separate CSV files by fiscal year and district.

Licensing of the data is strictly protected by a state of Florida copyright notice and prevents it from being commercially used -> http://www.myflorida.com/myflorida/copyright.html . The question is this still applicable on data that is public record?

Data updated/provided on a timely basis? I answered yes because the data is documented as being updated weekly and was two days from the date at which I looked at this submission for the current fiscal year.

Reviewer comments

Reviewer = Submitter; this data set should be re-reviewed by another data librarian.

Data Availability

  • N Openly licensed
  • Y Is the data available for free
  • Y Is the data machine readable
  • Y Is the data provided on a timely and up to date basis
  • N Available in bulk
  • Y Publicly available
  • Y Is the data available online
  • Y Does the data exist
  • Y Is data in digital form
  • Yes
  • No
  • Unsure
  • No data


Date the data became available   Unknown
Format of data   CSV
Reviewer   Brandon Warner
Submitters   Brandon Warner
Last modified   Tue Aug 30 2016 21:01:18 GMT+0000 (UTC)