Enviro~Connections ALERT (April 9, 2020)

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April 9, 2020


About Us

Maricopa County Environmental Services provides essential, regional environmental services seeking to prevent and remove environmental health risks. The Department’s Environmental Health Specialists and Field Technicians are in the community every day making sure that among other things, food in all the eating and drinking establishments in the County is protected from contamination, that water supplies throughout the County are safe to drink, and that vector borne health illnesses and risks are minimized. It is our belief that with continued support, future generations will reap the benefits of today’s actions.

Contact Us

For all Environmental Services Permitting, you may visit:

Development Services Center


Development Services Center Planning & Development / Environmental Services Department

501 N. 44th Street, Suite 200, Phoenix, AZ 85008 (Map)

Phone: (602) 506-6616

8:00 a.m. - 5:00p.m

Monday thru Friday

(Excluding Holidays) 

Department Locations & Hours


Need assistance en Español or in 中文 for your food related business?


Nuestros representantes o enlaces para negocios hispanos de venta de alimentos están disponibles para asistirles entendiendo las necesidades culturales de su negocio y asistiéndoles en su idioma.

Do you need to make sure that your ethnic foods meet Maricopa County Health Code standards? Our language liaisons are available to assist you!

Chinese Words


MCESD Environmental Health Division Office Locations:


Eastern Regional Office (Map)
106 E. Baseline Rd.,
Mesa, AZ 85210
Phone: (602) 372-3000

8:00 a.m. - 5:00p.m.
Monday thru Friday
(Excluding Holidays)

Northern Regional Office (Map)
15023 N. 75th St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Phone: (602) 506-6980                 -Currently Closed for Business- 

Western Regional Office (Map)
16140 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Dr., Suite #105
Peoria, AZ 85382
Phone: (602) 506-6015

8:00 a.m. - 5:00p.m.
Monday thru Friday
(Excluding Holidays)

Mobile Food Office (Map)
1645 E. Roosevelt
Phoenix, AZ 85006
Phone: (602) 506-6872

8:00 a.m. - 5:00p.m.
Monday thru Friday
(Excluding Holidays)

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Beware of Environmental Health Inspector Imposters

EH Inspector Impostor

We are frequently warned to be on guard against scam artists. Especially during times of crisis,stress or confusion. Scammers may target us online, by sending e-mails, or by “robocalls”. Sometimes it’s a long story with complicated plot twists…and sometimes it’s the old fashioned “I need your credit card number”.

No industry is immune. Believe it or not, people pose as Environmental Health Specialists (“health inspectors”) and target unsuspecting restaurants and establishments. Whether it is to steal industry secrets, steal money, or just give them a scare, we can only guess as to what their motives are.

Inspector - Badge

When a Maricopa County Environmental Health Specialist comes to your establishment, they will:

  • Introduce themselves to the owner, manager, or person in charge and state the purpose of their visit,
  • Present a County issued photo identification card and metal badge inscribed with the words “Deputy Officer” and the Maricopa County seal,
  • Present a County issued business card on request, and
  • Present the operator’s Rights of Inspection.

Inspections should be conducted during normal operating hours or other reasonable times.

  • Other reasonable times includes any time food service and/or food preparation is occurring, regardless of whether or not the food establishment is open to the public.
  • Facility inspections may be conducted during other times when agreed upon by the permit holder.

An Environmental Health Specialist DOES NOT:

  • Ask for or accept payment for services during an inspection
  • Charge money or fees for letter grades, other signs, or equipment
  • Sell or endorse products, or
  • Ask owners to call phone numbers and enter numeric codes, or tell the owner to give out a code when called to schedule an inspection.
Suspicious Inspector

If you receive a call or are approached by someone saying they are a “health inspector” or any employee from Maricopa County Environmental Services Department asking for personal or secure information, for payment for any services rendered, or if they are unable to provide a valid photo ID and badge:  

  • Don’t give out any personal or secure information,
  • Get a name and contact number,
  • Call the Environmental Services Department (Inspectors Verification Hotline 602 372-4994 – For your convenience this number is posted on our ESD.Maricopa.gov Web site’s Home Page), and
  • Call your local law enforcement agency.

The impersonation of a public officer is a criminal offense. Anyone found impersonating a health inspector or any government employee is guilty of a felony crime.  

Proper Glove Use

Gloves help keep your hands clean and lessen your chance of getting germs that can make you and others sick. Follow the simple best practices shared below.

Use Glove Guide

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Guide for Establishments Offering Dine Out Service Option

Food Drive-thru
  1. Social distancing should be maintained when putting a pickup/dine out system in place. The use of tape, floor signs, or other methods to keep customers six feet apart are useful tools.
  2. Per the Governor’s Executive Order, consumption of food and drink must be done off premises.
  3. Prevent customers from coming inside of your establishment whenever possible.
  4. Establish a phone or an online order capability.
  5. Have orders ready to avoid crowds of five or more during pick up.
  6. Place an employee at your front door to communicate with and deliver food to customers.
  7. Staff should continue to wash hands frequently even if only handing packages to customers.

Prepare to Reopen

Many food establishments are currently closed as a result of the Governor’s Order with restrictions on dine-in service. You won’t be closed forever, so here are some things to do to make sure you are ready when you are allowed to re-open. This checklist will help you identify key points to ensure proper employee hygiene and food safety practices are in place.

Re-opening Food Establishment Checklist (rev.)

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Mask Recommendations

More people are wearing cloth masks in public because of the CDC’s new recommendations

Public Health wants to remind everyone that the masks are not a substitute for staying six feet away from others. 

Mask - CDC Recomendations

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Resources for you during COVID-19

Visit: Maricopa County Coronavirus/COVID-19 for news, updates and a wide variety of resources.

Get answers to your Coronavirus questions by calling the COVID-19 Hotline toll-free at 1-844-542-8201.

Other resources:

Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected - Arizona Governor's Executive Order

Additional Guidance on Essential Services 

Flexible Food Item & Sale of Goods at Restaurants - Governor's Executive Order

Governor Ducey Announces 90-Day Free Trial for restaurants, Bars Impacted by COVID-19

New Assistance to Support AZ Small Businesses


Census - Counting Everyone

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