Welcome to the Environmental Health Website!!

The Environmental Health Division is excited to present our website!  It is our hope that this website will help offer an easier mechanism by which to assist our clients with our services.  You may now access forms and guidance for all of our programs here, as well as answers to frequently asked questions.  In addition complaints can now be submitted online straight to our division, and payment links make permit payments a click away!  We hope you find our website useful and look forward to serving you.  

The Tulare County Division of Environmental Health is a full-service division that is dedicated to protecting the health of people and the environment in Tulare County.




California Governor Gavin Newsom announced directives to address the need to slow the spread of COVID-19. Please see the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and the respective state guidance documents to find out if it is safe for you to open your business and under what restrictions. You can click on the link below and type “Tulare” into the county box and type the business type such as “restaurant” into the activity box. The website will provide you Tulare County’s current color tier and the state guidance. 



Office Closure- NOVEMBER 18, 2020

The Environmental Health Department will be closed for 2 weeks. During this time we will be serving the public virtually. Phones call will be answered as normal at 559-624-7400.

For direct contact with inspector staff refer to staff contact information for email and cell phone contact information.


COVID 19  Food Safety Awareness

Currently, there is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 is spread by handling or eating food. However, it is important to limit close contact with people outside of your home, encourage handwashing, wear a mask, and avoid sharing utensils. Get answers to other questions about COVID-19 and food. You can learn about food safety for special events, seasons, and the Holidays here.


Body Art Update October 2020

As of Tuesday October 20, 2020 Personal Care and Body Art Industries were allowed to reopen in Tulare County. The state has provided guidance see below for information. 

COVID 19 Guidance Personal Care/Body Art

COVID 19 General Checklist Personal Care/Body Art



To find out the current COVID-19 guidance for public pool operations you can click on the link below and type “Tulare” into the county box and type the business type such as “pool” into the activity box. The website will provide you Tulare County’s current color tier and the state guidance.



The following links may prove useful regarding public pool facility reopening:

CDC Coronavirus considerations for aquatic venues:

Considerations for Public Pools, Hot Tubs, and Water Playgrounds During COVID-19

Coronavirus and swimming information:

CDC guide to Visiting Parks and Recreational Facilities

USA Swimming Facility Re-Opening Messaging and Planning

CDC Coronavirus Communication Resources



Reopening Guidance

Dear Business Leaders,

These unprecedented times have been challenging, to say the least. However, we’re proud of you for helping our community succeed, from donating meals to essential employees, to sewing masks, to simply sharing resources on social media. We are truly #StrongerTogether. As we move forward, we know you are anxious to reopen your doors. To ensure the safety of our community and to help you navigate the new normal, we have created this playbook. This comprehensive guide includes many of the recommendations and developed guidelines from the CDC and other federal, state, and local agencies. This resource will act as a living document, which we will update as this fluid situation changes. Though we all wish to return to our regular lives, we must take necessary precautions during this time. The last thing we want is for the virus to grow during this stage. This playbook is a guideline to help you safely serve your customers and accommodate your employees. If you have any questions, please contact the Tulare County Public Health Branch. We are here to help you. Thank you for your support and courage as we continue to navigate this pandemic together. We’ll continue to persevere the only way we know how: together. Click Below for access to Playbook. 

COVID 19 Business Guide

For updates, contacts, and guidance concerning COVID-19 and other preventable illnesses please visit the Tulare County Public Health web-link below.


For additional guidance for Food Facility Measures due to Covid 19 Click Here.


Do you have questions and need to contact your assigned inspector?  Please see our staff email and contact information list! 


Did You Know it's Free?

Disposal of your household hazardous waste can be done any Saturday at the permanent facility located at 335 N. Cain Street, Visalia, from 8-1pm at no charge!  We also have special Saturday Events coming to a city near you!  Event locations and times



Do you need a permit?

If you would like to make and sell food to the public, you need a permit! Our inspectors are here to help you!  Staffs contact information

All of our forms and guidance are here to assist you through the permitting process.

For your safety, consumers of mobile food facilities should be sure they are permitted.  Here's what to look for.

¿Necesita un permiso?
Si desea hacer y vender comida al público, ¡necesita un permiso! ¡Nuestros inspectores están aquí para ayudarle! Información para contactar los inspectores.
Todos nuestros formularios y guías están aquí para ayudarlo a través del proceso de permisos.

Food Excellence Awards 2019

Tulare County restaurants with the highest food inspection ratings were recognized with the Excellence in Food Safety Awards on March 3,2020 at the Tulare County Board of Supervisors meeting. Owners and managers were encouraged to attend and be recognized. Retailers who received an award earned a certificate to display at their facilities.
Environmental Health (TCEH) recognized 447 Retail Food Facilities for 2019. Tulare County Environmental Health Services implemented the Excellence in Food Safety Awards program in March of 2010 to recognize restaurants that have consistent safe food-handling practices and achieve a score of 95 percent or above on three consecutive routine inspections. The award places a spotlight on those restaurants that demonstrate outstanding performance in, and an exceptional commitment to, safe food handling. 

2019 List of Award Winners


After Hour Emergency Calls

The Environmental health 24-hour emergency notification number is 624-7400.  After normal business hours (Monday-Thursday 7:30am to 5:30pm, Friday 8am to 12pm) the call will be answered by our answering service, ABC Communications.  The answering service will contact the assigned on-call EH emergency response personnel. 



Advertisement Tulare County Environmental Health Household Hazardous Waste Service

Help keep Tulare County clean by taking Household Hazardous Waste to the Visalia Corp Yard, or to one of our many Clean Up Events!  Clean up Events days and times are posted under public information.