Public Health

The mission of the Butte County Public Health Department (BCPHD) is to protect the public through promoting individual, community, and environmental health. This is achieved by providing a wide range of services in more than 50 programs including: women and children’s health, communicable and infectious diseases, planning for and responding to disasters, healthy and safe animals, and protecting natural resources while improving the environment.

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.

Retail Food Facilities & Plan Check

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

Retail Food Code
Application for Permit to Operate a Food Establishment
Food Plan Check Application
Food Plan Check Resource Guide

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
Inspection Guide
Food Inspection Reports

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 venders 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 packaged 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
CDPH Cottage Food Operations Program

Food Safety

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

Food Worker 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

Forms  E-TRAKIT  Food Inspection Reports

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Butte County Environmental Health
Phone: 530.538.7281
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 5:00 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: 530.538.7581

Cathy A. Ravesky, Director
Mark A. Lundberg, M.D., M.P.H., Health Officer
Public Health Leadership Team