Restaurant Inspections
& Licenses

Restaurant Inspection Reports

Inspection reports are public records. We provide online access to a summary of violations for inspections conducted since May 1, 2012.

These searchable inspection reports are only a snapshot of the day and time of the inspection. On any given day, a business could have more or fewer violations than noted in an inspection report.

If you would like to see the complete inspection report or have any other questions regarding restaurants or food services establishments, please contact RiverStone Health Environmental Health Services at 406.256.2770.

Top 5 food safety violations
in Yellowstone County:

1. Cold foods not held at the proper temperature Cold foods must be maintained at a temperature of 41° F or below. Food should be checked with thermometers. If it is too warm, it must be disposed of unless it has been out-of-temperature for less than four hours.
2. Sinks for handwashing are unavailable for use Hands become contaminated when employees handle raw meats, use the restroom, or handle soiled tableware. Plus, everyone has bacteria on our skin. Handwashing sinks for food service workers need to be easy to access, stocked with soap and paper towels, and free of clutter.
3. Manager or person in charge does not meet educational requirements The manager or person in charge must be knowledgeable of safe food handling practice and prevention of foodborne disease. At least one supervisor must be a Certified Food Protection Manager.
4. Foods are not date marked Ready-to-eat foods that are held in a cooler for more than 24 hours must be clearly marked to indicate the date by which the food shall be consumed, sold or discarded.

5. Food contact surfaces are not cleaned and sanitized

Dirty work surfaces, utensils, cutting boards, ice buckets, etc. can carry bacteria and other hazards, which can contaminate foods and other surfaces and cause foodborne illness. These items must be cleaned and sanitized between uses and at least every four hours.

New Licenses


Complete and submit Plan Review Application and required fee to RiverStone Health.


Contact local agencies for building, zoning and fire code and obtain required permits.


After written approval of plans, construction/remodeling can begin.

Before opening, contact RiverStone Health to schedule a pre-opening inspection.

During the pre-opening inspection, the license fee will be collected and the license issued.


License Renewals

Licenses are reviewed and issued annually (January 1 – December 31) by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. Current license holders will receive a renewal application in November. Renewal payments are due by December 31 to avoid a late fee.

For questions on renewals, contact 406.444.2415.


Licensed establishments are inspected at least once a year. Inspection frequency is determined by the complexity of the operation and the history of compliance with the food rules.


To report a complaint, call RiverStone Health Environmental Health Services at 406.256.2770.

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