As an agent of the State of Wisconsin, the Rock County Public Health Department permits the following lodging facilities:

  • Hotel/Motel – Five or more rooms wherein sleeping accommodations are offered to transients.
  • Bed and Breakfast – Eight or fewer rooms in an owner-occupied residence that serves only breakfast.
  • Tourist Rooming House – any lodging place not listed above that offers sleeping accommodations, for pay, to tourists or transients.

The Rock County Public Health Department licenses and inspects over 40 lodging facilities each year. Inspectors are responsible for ensuring licensed facilities maintain a safe, healthy environment for their customers and employees. Corrective actions are ordered and follow-up inspections are conducted to ensure compliance. All complaints are investigated. Besides reactionary actions, inspectors also play a critical prevention role by providing education, training, and resources to operators.