Public Health

The mission of the Butte County Public Health Department (BCPHD) is to protect the public through promoting individual, community, and environmental health. 

Public Health Food Program

Butte County Environmental Health’s (BCEH) Retail Food Program is responsible for the enforcement of the California Retail Food Code and the implementation of our food facility color-coded placard program. All retail food facilities including restaurants, bars, markets, school cafeterias, mobile food facilities, and temporary food facilities at community events are permitted and inspected regularly by Environmental Health Specialists. BCEH has approximately 1200 retail food facilities and conducts 2000 plus routine health inspections per year. We provide food safety education and conduct complaint investigations.

Food facility inspections are designed to minimize the occurrence of the five most critical risk factors for foodborne illness:

  1. Food from unsafe sources
  2. Inadequate cooking temperatures
  3. Improper holding temperatures
  4. Contaminated equipment
  5. Poor employee hygiene 

Access the California Department of Public Health Food and Drug Branch website.

Access the California Food Handler Certification Program website.

Access the California Food Manager Accreditation Program website.

Retail Food Facilities & Plan Check

Applications may be submitted via this email 

Access documents pertaining to food establishment permitting for restaurants, bars, delis, caterers, grocery stores, and markets.

Retail Food Code

Application for Permit to Operate a Food Facility

Food Plan Check Application

Food Plan Check Resource Guide

Food Plan Check Flowchart

Placarding Program & Food Inspections

The Color-Coded Placard Program states that all retail food establishments are required to post a color coded placard indicating the compliance status of the establishment’s most recent routine inspection or re-inspection.

Placard Resource Guide
Placard Posting Requirements
Field Inspection Guide
Food Inspection Reports

Access the Butte County “How to Get a Green Placard” training video.

For "How to Get A Green Placard" training videos in other languages,
please visit Sacramento County Environmental Management’s website.

Mobile Food Facilities

Mobile Food Facilities are a valuable resource for the community, and Environmental Health helps assure that the public is served fresh and safe food from mobile carts and vehicles.

Mobile Food Facility Application
Mobile Food Facility Resource Guide

Community Events and Temporary Food Facilities

Community events provide fun and educational activities, giving communities their special character, and stimulating the local economy. Environmental Health supports these events by helping the organizers and vendors assure that the food served is wholesome and safe.

Community Event Organizer (CEO) Application Packet
Vendor Application Packet
Temporary Food Facility Resource Guide

Cottage Food Operations (CFO)

A CFO is an enterprise at a private home where specific low-risk food products that do not require refrigeration are prepared for sale to consumers.

Frequently Asked Questions: California Homemade Food Act
CFO Quick Reference for Getting Started
CFO Registration/Permit Application
CFO Self-Certification Checklist
List of Approved Cottage Foods

CFO Labeling Requirements
CA Dept. of Public Health Cottage Food Operations Program

Catering Operations

A catering operation is an enterprise that prepares food from an approved commissary kitchen in order to be served at private events. 

Catering Application

CCDEH Catering Guidelines

Food Safety

Access documents pertaining to food handler certifications and trainings, and food safety during power outages.

Food Handler Certification
Food Manager Certification
Food Safety Educational Sites
Food Safety During Power Outages (Retail Facilities)
Food Safety During Power Outages (Private Homes)
Poultry Slaughter Guidelines
Hepatitis A - Disinfection for Food Facilities

Service Animals

Service Animals in Food Facilities Informational Handout

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Website Link 

Restricted Food Items

Learn about items that may not be sold or used in Retail Food Facilities.

Partially Hydrogenated Oils

Forms  E-TRAKIT  Food Inspection Reports

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Butte County Environmental Health
Phone: 530.552.3880
TTY: 530.538.6588
Fax: 530.538.5339

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Butte County Environmental Health
202 Mira Loma Drive
Oroville, CA 95965

Office Hours
Monday to Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Except Holidays

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Public Health Department

202 Mira Loma Drive
Oroville, CA 95965

Report a Health Emergency
24-Hour Line: 530.552.4000

Danette York, MPH, Director
Dr. David Canton, Health Officer

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