Enviro~Connections ALERT (May 8, 2020)

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May 8, 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!

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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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Dine-in Services Resume Monday

Rstaurant - Open

On May 4, Governor Doug Ducey announced the next steps Arizona will take to gradually re-energize the economy. The Governor issued Executive Order 2020-34, allowing restaurants and coffee shops to resume dine-in services with physical distancing measures on Monday, May 11. The Governor’s Office also released additional guidelines to keep customers and employees safe.

The operators must establish and implement safety protocols and best practices, including enacting physical distancing policies, limiting the number of diners and following protocols as directed by the CDC, the United States Department of Labor Division of Occupational Safety and Health Administration and ADHS. View the Executive Order on guidance for businesses HERE

If a food establishment closed temporarily as a result of the Governor’s Order that suspended dine-in services, then a re-opening inspection, when the restriction is lifted by the Governor, would not be required by Maricopa County Environmental Services Department (MCESD).

Inspection - Reopening

Although MCESD food inspectors will be familiar with the Governor’s Guidance for Reopening, enforcement for those guidelines are not within the authority of MCESD. The department's regulatory authority, delegated by the State, is to inspect restaurants for compliance with the Maricopa County Environmental Health Code and the Food Code.

Routine inspections will be conducted as they become due, and inspections that we were unable to conduct over the last few weeks at restaurants that temporarily closed will be conducted.

Over the last month, as an essential service, MCESD inspectors have continued to conduct food inspections to the tune of 900 to 1,000 a week, to ensure food code compliance.

Be Prepared

With the issuance of the Governor’s Executive order 2020-34, many restaurants are preparing to resume dine-in services on or after May 11.

Here is a checklist will help you identify key points from the Food Code to ensure proper employee hygiene and food safety practices are in place.

Food Establishment - Reopening Checklist

Click here or on image to enlarge.

Reduce the Risk of Foodborne Illnesses

The Maricopa County Environmental Health Code requires the following measures to reduce the risk of foodborne disease transmission:

  • Clean and sanitize food contact surfaces including utensils, food prep areas and dining tables.  If a chemical sanitizer other than chlorine, iodine or a quaternary ammonium compound is used, it must be an EPA registered disinfectant applied in accordance with the label use instructions
  • Restaurant operators are required to have a policy that includes employees reporting illness and individuals staying home if sick.                   

Here is a link to the AMC Toolbox -- Employee Health video playlist or you may click on image below, to review the policy and useful information to help protect you, your staff and your customers. 

Employee Health - Reminders

List of Disinfectants to Use Against COVID-19

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a list of EPA-registered disinfectant products that have qualified for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

EPA - List of disinfectants to use against COVID-19

Using the correct disinfectant is an important part of preventing and reducing the spread of illnesses along with other critical aspects such as hand washing.

View the list of EPA-registered disinfectant products.

Resolution to Assist Annual Permit Holders During COVID-19

Customer Service - Phone

MCESD appreciates you as a customer and realizes the COVID-19 pandemic has had adverse effects on many businesses. In an effort to assist permit holders through this difficult time, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution on April 22, 2020 that will be in effect from April 1 through September 30, 2020.

This resolution allows annual MCESD permit holders that request it, to pay their annual permit fee(s) in two (2) installments. The first half of the permit fee will be due on the permit renewal date and the balance of the permit fee would be due six (6) months after the renewal date. In addition, we will not be collecting permit reinstatement fees during this time. Please note that these adjustments do not apply to one-time permits or plan review services. 

We are hopeful this modified billing process will enable operators to keep their businesses open. If you would like to make arrangements to utilize these temporary options, please contact our permit office by calling (602) 506-6824. Partial payments can only be processed over the phone

Virtual Permit Counter

Traditional one-time annual permit fees can be made online through our website at ESD.Maricopa.gov by clicking “Pay a Fee” or by calling (602) 506-6824.

As a reminder, all of our customer service lobbies remain closed to ensure the health and safety of our customers and staff. Please visit our Virtual Permit Counter for links to our applications, forms and assistance with online plan submittal.

We hope these payment options bring some comfort during this challenging time, and we wish you the best of health. 

Resources for you during COVID-19


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

Maricopa County Public Health Department's COVID-19 business resource page 

ESD.Maricopa.gov for COVID-19 Resources

Get answers to your Coronavirus questions by calling the COVID-19 Hotline toll-free at 1-844-542-8201 or dial 2-1-1.

Other resources:

Reopening Workplaces During the COVID-19 Pandemic


Census - Everyone at home counts

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