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Mayor's Food Court

The Mayor's Food Court rates violations of food service establishments as either a Foodborne Illness, Risk Factor Critical Violation, a Critical Violation or a Non-Critical Violation.

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The Mayor's Food Court provides consumers with current information about Boston's restaurants so that they can make informed decisions about where they will eat.

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    Food Police provides information on recent restaurant inspections at establishments near you.

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About Health Inspection Violations

Food service establishment violations are rated as either a Foodborne Illness Risk Factor Critical Violation, a Critical Violation or a Non-Critical Violation.

  • A Foodborne Illness Risk Factor Critical Violation means improper practices or procedures, which have been identified by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), through epidemiological data as the most prevalent contributing factors of foodborne illness or injury.

  • A violation is a Critical Violation if that, if in noncompliance, is more likely than other violations to contribute to food contamination, illness, or environmental health hazard. Additionally, a violation is critical if any other violation of 105 CMR 590.000 so designated by the board of health after written notice to the permit holder that the violation has the potential to seriously affect the public health.

  • A Non-Critical Violation is a violation that does not seriously affect the public health.

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About Temporarily Suspended Permits

The Temporarily Suspended Permits Search allows you to view licensed establishments that have had their permits temporarily suspended in the last 30, 60, or 90 days. You can view the reason or violations for the temporary suspension. Establishments are allowed to re-open when the violations are corrected or if the condition no longer exists.

An Imminent Health Hazard may exist because of an emergency such as a fire, flood, extended interruption of electrical or water service, sewage backup, misuse of poisonous or toxic materials, onset of an apparent foodborne illness outbreak, gross unsanitary occurrence or condition, or other circumstances that may endanger the public health.

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  • Hours of Operation

    Monday - Friday: 
    8:00am - 4:00pm


    Thursday Evening:
    Building Division Only 
    8:00am - 7:00pm



    Please note that the cashier closes 15 minutes prior to closing.


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    ISD offices are located at 1010 Massachusetts Ave.

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