Environmental Health Department

As part of the Public Health Department, Environmental Health (EH) is focused on controlling environmental factors that impact human health and environment (food, water and air).

EH staff conducts routine inspections and complaint investigations related to health and sanitation in all food establishments, child care facilities, and schools.

EH oversees the permitting, installation and use of onsite wastewater treatment systems (septic systems), protecting drinking water resources and surface waters from pollution.

EH also responds to complaints concerning swimming pools, public accommodations, mobile home parks, campgrounds and other recreational facilities.

COVID-19 Operations

Summit County is currently restricting public access to the Environmental Health Department in order to reduce COVID-19 transmission.

Visits will be prioritized to limit physical interactions.  The following are some options:

  • Call with questions, meet via Zoom to review documents, etc. Many issues can be resolved without coming to the office.
  • Schedule an appointment by calling or emailing staff. In Person meetings will be allowed in a way that allows for proper distancing and keeps the number of people in the building at one time, within guidelines.
  • Community Development offices doors will remain locked. However, phone numbers and ability to schedule appointments will be shared at front door for walk-in access. Allowance for walk-in customer access will only occur if the numbers in guidance will not be exceeded.

Fees may be paid electronically via e-checks ($1 processing fee) or credit card ($0.75 plus 2.25% processing fee).

It is recommended that you do not plan your visit between noon and 1 pm as staff is limited during the lunch hour.

Restaurant Inspections


Wondering how your 
favorite restaurant does at inspections? View Inspection Reports
for local restaurants.

As Built Drawings & Permit Copies

You can search for OWTS (septic) records online.  If you experience problems or can't find your record, call 970-668-4070 or email for assistance.

Food Safety Excellence


As a part of National Food Safety Month, each year Environmental Health recognizes retail food establishments that demonstrate Exceptional Commitment to Food Safety.  See the Award winners from 2017 and 2018.

FDA Food Code Transition

The state of Colorado has adopted the FDA food code. It will be effective starting January 1, 2019. There are a few changes that may affect Summit County Retail Food Establishments. Find more information, frequently asked questions and resources related to changes in Colorado food regulations

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