Whether for business or pleasure, thousands of people travel throughout Missouri each year. Many of these trips require overnight or extended stays away from the comforts of home. Through cooperative efforts with the lodging industry, the Mississippi County Health Department strives to provide a level of excellence in all licensed lodging establishments operating throughout Mississippi County. Each establishment is inspected and is required to obtain a state-issued lodging license annually. All lodging facilities are inspected with a focus on public health and safety. The lodging facilities are regulated under a rule that addresses: drinking water supplies, sewage or wastewater treatment, life safety, fire safety, electrical wiring, fuel-burning appliances, plumbing, food safety, and swimming pools and spas. Anyone operating a facility that is a building or group of buildings where five or more guest rooms are provided, which is held out to the public for hire which can be construed to be a hotel, motel, resort, cabins, or other similar place would be operating a lodging establishment and would need a license.
Inspections are unannounced and can take place anytime throughout the year. Inspections are conducted by local public health agency or Department staff. Those establishments meeting the sanitation and safety standards outlined in the lodging rule, 19 CSR 20-3.050, receive an approved inspection report. The owner or manager, needs to keep the inspection report because they will submit the approved inspection report along with the application as part of the licensing process. Re-inspections are conducted as needed on non-compliant establishments. A license will not be issued until the violations are corrected. Owners and the people operating facilities that don't have a current license are guilty of a Class B misdemeanor. These establishments without a license, whether because they don't have an approved inspection or they fail to submit the application, fee or the certificate of no tax due; will be referred to county prosecutors for prosecution.
If you are interested in becoming a lodging establishment, and/or have any questions regarding regulation, please contact the Mississippi County Health Department by email or phone at (573)683-2191 or (573)649-5502 and ask for Environmental.