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General Information

Image: A Hopkins County environmentalist inspects a school lunchroom.

In Kentucky, a school is defined as any area, parcel or tract of land on which facilities are established, maintained or operated for educational purposes, including public, parochial and private facilities enrolling students in any of the grades kindergarten through gradwe 12 including vocational educational facilities, but excluding daycare facilities and individuals teaching their own children.

The state school facilities program establishes uniform standards for schools and includes sanitary standards for operation, inspections, and enforcement procedures necessary to ensure a safe and sanitary environment. Inspections are conducted by local health department environmentalists at least twice each year with follow ups and complaint investigations as necessary.

To register a complaint on a school, please contact your local health department.

Local health department contact information

Statutes and Regulation

KRS 211.180 - Functions of Cabinet in the regulation of certain health matters -- Inspection fees -- Hearing

902 KAR 45:150 - School Sanitation

Plan Review

Plans for new schools and modifications to existing schools must be submitted to local health departments. For further information on submitting school construction, expansion or remodeling plans, please see the information below and contact your local health department environmentalist.

Local health department contact information.

Guidelines for School Plan Submittal DPH (Rev. May 6, 2013)

Submission Process:

  • Three sets of plumbing plans and three plan application forms shall be submitted to the local health department. Note: four sets of plans must be submitted if the water source is private.
  • The local health department reviews the plans and forwards approved plans to the Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction (DHBC) for further approval.
  • Approved plans are returned to the local health department with an approval letter. Plans that are not approved are returned to the local health department with a deficiency letter.
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