Hotels, Motels and Bed & Breakfast Regulations
The Oklahoma State Department of Health regulates all lodging establishments under the State of Oklahoma Lodging Rules and Regulations.
General Overview of Lodging
A lodging facility is an establishment with four or more rooms offered for overnight stay to transient guests.
Lodging businesses are currently inspected yearly by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Inspections are performed on a representative number of random rooms for general sanitary conditions. Licenses are granted and renewable on an annual basis.
• Proper lighting, ventilation and toilet facilities.
• Clean and proper linens on beds that are in good condition.
• Proper linen storage, separate clean and soiled linens, and housekeeper carts that are properly stocked and maintained.
• Fire, plumbing and electrical inspections-deficiencies referred to appropriate agency.
For questions or complaints, please call the THD 918-595-4300.
You may also click here to use our online complaint form.
Lodging Businesses with Food
A lodging facility may serve limited foods under its lodging license (refer to 310:285-3-14) in the Lodging Ordinance.
Facilities with more extensive food service must comply with local or state food service guidelines.
Bed & Breakfast (B&Bs) Establishments
B&Bs are private houses where up to three rooms are available to guests for pay and the only meal included in the cost is breakfast. If the number of rooms exceeds three, then lodging regulations apply. B&Bs serving meals other than those defined as "continental breakfast" or "full breakfast" must meet the requirements of the Food Service Establishments Regulations (OAC Chapter 310:256).
Continental Breakfast is restricted to the following foods:
• Beverages like coffee, tea and fruit juices
• Pasteurized Grade A milk
• Fresh fruits
• Frozen and commercially processed fruits
• Baked goods like pastries, rolls, breads and muffins, which are non-potentially hazardous foods
• Jams, jellies, honey, and maple syrup
• Pasteurized Grade A creams and butters, non-dairy creamers
• Commercially manufactured hard cheeses, cream cheese and yogurt
Full Breakfast is a breakfast meal that includes foods other than those listed under the definition of "continental breakfast."
Call Before Attempting to Remove Asbestos
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral formerly used in building materials primarily as an insulator or fire retardant. Today, asbestos is well recognized as a health hazard. Though it is often desirable or necessary to remove asbestos, its removal is highly regulated in order to protect public health. You must obtain a permit for asbestos removal.
If you are involved in a remodeling, renovation, demolition or other project and think you have an asbestos problem, please call THD at 918-595-4200. Our environmental specialists will inspect the problem, help you apply for a permit, and determine the jurisdiction for regulating the asbestos removal.
You Must Get A Permit for Most Open Burning
Did you know open burning is restricted in Tulsa County in order to protect our community’s air quality? THD helps enforce the restrictions by issuing permits for burning variances and by conducting inspections for a limited amount of tree and brush material. Exemptions to open burning restrictions include burning associated with:
• food preparation
• ceremonial occasions
• recreational purposes
In addition, fires set for training operations or the abatement of nuisances in the interest of public health are permitted with approval from THD.
If you plan to engage in open burning or to operate an open-pit incinerator in Tulsa County, you must file a request to receive a burning variance permit from THD. There are no fees. For more information, please call 918-595-4200.
Rules and regulations regarding air contaminant sources in Tulsa County are listed in the City of Tulsa Clean Air Code, Title 17, Chapter 7, Tulsa Revised Code, and in County of Tulsa Clean Air Code under authority of Title 63, Oklahoma Statutes section 1-120 and 1-213.
Protecting Tulsa’s Air Quality
THD issues permits and licenses for the installation and operation of underground gasoline storage tanks commonly used in gas stations. In addition, our staff conducts approximately 300 inspections of such tanks in Tulsa County annually. The goal is to ensure proper vapor recovery equipment is in use which protects against ozone emissions.
For more information, please call 918-595-4200.
Regulations Enforced for Public Safety
Protecting our air and water as well as helping prevent illnesses and injuries are all part of THD’s mission to create a healthier community. That is why, in the name of public safety, THD helps regulate the burning of trees and brush waste as well as the removal of asbestos and gasoline station transport vapor recovery systems by issuing necessary permits and conducting inspections. When in doubt as to whether a permit is required, please call 918-595-4200. Our helpful staff will walk you through any necessary steps.