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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.

Requirements include:

  • Proper lighting, ventilation and toilet facilities.
  • Clean and proper linens on beds which 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 inspectionsdeficiencies 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 and 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 310:257).


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
  • Cereals
  • 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 above.