Enviro~Connections - ALERT (November 24, 2020)

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November 24, 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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Extension of Premises for Restaurants in Maricopa County

Restaurant - Open

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Maricopa County continues to provide relief options to assist our customers during these difficult times. Allowing the extension of premises into parking lots and/or sidewalks can provide additional space for patrons to dine at their favorite restaurant(s) while allowing social distancing to be effectively achieved. Owners/operators should contact their landlord as a first step to receive approval.

Restaurant - Extension of Premises

A temporary extension of premises shall be valid for the duration of the COVID-19 public health state of emergency as declared by the Governor of Arizona, and shall expire when the state of emergency ends. Extensions of premises for dining can be approved in both incorporated or unincorporated areas of Maricopa County.

Incorporated (city or town):

Restaurants located in a city or town that will be conducting food preparation activities or adding equipment within the extended premises must submit an application for review by the Maricopa County Environmental Services Department (MCESD) at Incorporated Extension of Premises. There is no fee associated with this review from MCESD. The city or town in which the restaurant is located may have additional requirements so please review the information in the resources link below.

If no food preparation or equipment is added to the extended premises, no application is required to MCESD. Consult with your health inspector if you have any questions. 

Unincorporated (County island):

Restaurants located in unincorporated Maricopa County are required to submit an As Built Plan of Development Application to the Maricopa County Planning and Development Department (PnD). Permission from the local fire jurisdiction is a condition of approval. Building permits are only required for the extension of electrical or the construction of permanent structures. There is no fee for the PnD submittal.

Any expansion into the public right of way (ROW) must have approval from the local city or the Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT).

The Unincorporated Extension of Premises  application can be accessed by clicking the As Built Plan of Development tab.

Resources: http://www.leagueaz.org/e/covid_19/restaurant_roadmap.html

A "Healthy Giving" Message

Healthy Giving - Nov. 2020 (a)

In January 2020, in Maricopa County alone, there were at least 7,419 people experiencing homelessness (2020 Point-In-Time Count). We all want to do something to help and we all have our own sets of skills, principles, and resources that we can use to create positive change. We know that a meal takes care of hunger and a fresh pair of socks takes care of weathered feet but in a point of crisis, it’s important to imagine what we can do to help beyond one-time gestures.

The Healthy Giving Council (HGC) was formed in 2017 to educate and encourage the community on productive and sustainable giving efforts for those living on the streets. Since then, the HGC has participated in several events to help share the message of “giving smart” with “more than a meal.” During this time, organizations, faith-based groups, and caring community members have joined the HGC to create awareness of more impactful ways to give to those experiencing homelessness.  This year more than ever it’s even more important to protect those most vulnerable.

Healthy Giving - Nov. 2020 (b)

Our partners at Maricopa County Public Health have the following message:

“This has been a challenging year to accomplish things that we normally take for granted. One of the ways many people choose to give back to our community during the holiday season is by giving to those experiencing homelessness on the street.  Unfortunately, this can put our most vulnerable community members at risk of getting COVID-19.  Maricopa County Department of Public Health asks that you give to people experiencing homelessness in other ways this holiday season. Please visit https://www.givesmartaz.org/ to find healthy ways to provide support for our community.”

Marcy M. Flanagan, Executive Director & Health Officer, Maricopa County Department of Public Health

This year learn how to give back in healthy ways. Partner with organizations that can provide long-term relief to those in need and educate others about the message of healthy giving, instead of going it alone. Start by visiting givesmartaz.org to learn more about how to create real, long-lasting change.


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