Public Health Inspections


Public health inspectors check a variety of businesses in Waterloo Region to ensure they are meeting public health requirements. To help you make informed decisions about which businesses you may want to visit, the inspection results are available online.

Visit Check it! We inspect it. to view the current inspection results of your favourite businesses.

Inspection results are available for:

  • Restaurants
  • Food retailers
  • Spas
  • Salons
  • Piercing and tattooing businesses
  • Recreational water facilities

Our inspectors complete nearly 7,000 inspections each year in Waterloo Region.

You can also see the inspection results by:

  • Using the QR code on the Check it! We inspect it. signs found at local businesses
  • Calling 519-575-4400 to speak to a public health inspector

Making a complaint

You can file a complaint with us if you are concerned about food safety, infection prevention or sanitary conditions of a business in Waterloo Region.

To file a complaint about a regulated health care professional or health care setting, please go to the Infection Prevention and Control Lapse page.

File Searches

A file search consists of any outstanding work orders against: food establishments (restaurants, food retailers), recreational water (swimming pools, spas and hot tubs), personal services settings (hair salons, nail salons, tattoo shops, barber shops), licensed daycares, retirement homes, and long term care facilities.

Lawyers' and realtor's offices may request a file search for the following businesses:

  • Restaurants
  • Food retailers
  • Spas
  • Salons
  • Tattoo and Piercing businesses
  • Recreational water facilities

Owner consent must accompany the request.

For a file search the fee is $99.00.

For a file search and on-site inspection, the fee is $185.00.

Cheques are to be made payable to the Region of Waterloo and can be mailed to 99 Regina Street South, Waterloo, Ontario N2J 4V3. 

Inspection results for any of the above businesses listed can be accessed, without a fee, on Check it! We inspect it. 

For septic system file searches, contact your local municipality.

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