Who are we?
Environmental Health works in partnership with the food service industry and the public to reduce or eliminate the known causes of food borne illness.
Onsite Sewage Treatment System
- UCO Health issues septic system permits for households that are not served by public sewer. These households usually depend on septic systems to treat and dispose of wastewater.
UCO Health is also responsible for conducting inspections on these systems to ensure that they are installed properly to provide adequate treatment and prevent sewage exposure to the public.
A septic system is the most common method of sewage treatment for homes and businesses that are not connected to an area wide sewage system. In its basic form, a septic system consists of a septic tank, where solids settle and decompose, and a drainfield where liquid discharged from the tank is treated by bacteria in the soil. More information can be found at Oregon Septic Smart.
- Site Evaluation Packet
- Construction Permit Packet
- Repair & Alteration Permit Packet
- Authorization Notice & Existing System Report Packet
Temporary Restaurant License Information
- Temporary Restaurant Application Form
- Temporary Restaurant Setup and Guidelines
- Benevolent Organizations
- Temporary Hand Washing Station
- Temporary Hand Wash Station-Español
- Proper Dishwashing Station
- Information about Intermittent and Seasonal Permits
What is a Temporary Restaurant?
- Each person or organization that wishes to sell or give out food to the general public during a special event is required by Oregon law to obtain a temporary restaurant license. Every food booth must apply for a separate license for every event where food is served.
This applies to any establishment operating temporarily in connection with any event where food is prepared or served to the public. Examples are:
- All restaurants and food establishments must obtain a license and pass health inspections to assure that the establishment meets food sanitation standards. This applies to all restaurants and also bed and breakfasts.
You must obtain a license and a plan review before:
• Opening a new restaurant
• Remodeling a restaurant
Please contact us if:
• There is a change in ownership
• Changes are made to the menu items
- Food Service Plan Review Packet
Food Sanitation rules
- Food Sanitation Rules
- Click here for Fact Sheets and to learn more information regarding food sanitation rules from Oregon Health Authority
Laws Regarding Food Services
- All hotels, motels and bed and breakfast establishments must be licensed. They also must pass regular health inspections. This applies to any establishments that have sleeping facilities that are to be rented on a daily or weekly basis to travelers or transients for a charge or fee paid for rental or use of facility.
- Tourist Application
- Travelers' Accommodation Rules
- Hotel Food License Flow Chart
- A mobile food unit is any vehicle that is self-propelled, or can be pulled or pushed down a sidewalk, street or highway. Food may be prepared on this vehicle, and the vehicle is used to sell and dispense food to the public.
• Mobile units must be mobile at all times during operation. The unit must be on wheels.
• The unit, all operations and the equipment must be integral to the unit.
- Mobile Unit Plan Review Packet
- Mobile Unit Playbook (From Multnomah County)
- Mobile Unit Playbook (From Multnomah County) - Español
Pools and Spas
- All public swimming pools and spas must be licensed and pass regular health inspections. This applies to all public pools, spas, wading pools, and similar water recreation sites.
You must obtain a plan review and license before:
• Building a new public pool or spa
• Remodeling a public pool or spa
Please contact us prior to changing any of the following:
• Disinfection device.
Facilities are considered public if they are:
• Associated with more than 4 housing units (including apartments, condo associations and neighborhood associations)
• Private clubs
• Fitness clubs
• Commercial concerns or parks
• Recreation departments
Types of public pool facilities include:
• General use - any member of the general public can pay at the door.
• Limited use - membership, or member guest status, is required for use.
- Pool Rules
- Pool&Spa Application
- Application for Permit to Construct/Alter Pool or Spa
- Public Swimming Pool Daily Record Sheet
- CPO Training Dates
- Pool Accident Report Form
- Fecal Incident Response(pdf)
- Cleaning Up Body Fluid Spills on Pool Surfaces
Food Handler's Cards
You may obtain a food handlers' card, one of the following
1. At a Public Health Office
200 SE 3'd st.
Pendleton, OR 97801
435 E. Newport
Hermiston, OR 97838
120 South Main
Heppner, OR 97836
101 Boardman Ave.
Boardman, OR 97818
2. Online at www.orfoodhandlers.com
3. Schedule your
private class with an Environmental Health Specialist, if
you have 10 or more people.
If you have any questions please call us (541) 278-6394
Food Handlers Booklets
Download the Complete Training
To Save: Right click the link and Select "Save Target [Link] As..."
To View and Print file: Left click the link and Select "File -- Print" from your browser.
What does Environmental Health do?
- Enforce Food Sanitation Rules
- Perform Routine Field Inspections of:
- RV Parks
- Pools & Spas
- Organizational Camps
- Hotels & Motels
- Training and Education
- Administer Food Handler Certification Examinations
Why We're Here:
The food prepared for and served to the public can be a
vehicle for the transmission of a variety of communicable
diseases. For many, food borne illness results only in
discomfort or lost time from work. But for some, especially
preschool age children, older adults and those with impaired
immune systems, food borne illness is more serious and may
be life threatening. The Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) estimates that 76 million people experience
food borne illness and 5,000 deaths occur in the United
States each year.
Research by the CDC has consistently shown that most food borne illness outbreaks are caused by mishandling food and occur within the retail segment of the food industry (restaurants, markets, schools, churches, camps, institutions, and vending locations), where ready-to-eat food is prepared and provided to the public for consumption.
If you suspect you have food borne illness, or have questions about food safety and inspections contact us at 541-278-6394