Countertops are flat surface installations in kitchens or food preparation spaces that are generally used for food preparation and are made of nonporous surfaces that are designed to be cleaned. Kitchen countertops should be inspected for wear and tear, which may be indicated by swelling, delamination, scratches, cuts, burns, peeling, or missing laminate. The countertop should also be inspected to ensure it is properly secured to the wall and base cabinetry.

The countertop in the kitchen is evaluated for physical damage. It should be cited if the damage exceeds 10% of the counter area or if there is evidence that a countertop was previously installed but is now not present or is incomplete.

Def# Deficiency Severity Repair Due HCV Rating
1 Food preparation area is not present. Moderate 30 Days Fail
2 10%+ or more of the Countertop is damaged or has exposed substrate Moderate 30 Days Fail
2 The entire kitchen countertop is not adequate (in either size or function) Moderate 30 Days Fail

Kitchen Countertop Standard V3.0, Updated 6/16/23
Kitchen Countertop Standard V3.0, Updated 8/11/23

Revision: 20
Last modified: 15 August 2023


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