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    Consumer Health & Food Safety Fee Increase Notice

    Beginning in the 2023 calendar year, you will see a slight increase in your license fees, depending on the class of license you hold.

    In 2016 the Pima County Board of Supervisors approved a fee increase, ORDINANCE NO. 2016-13, that went into effect in January 2017. The total cost of this increase was spread out over a five-year period.

    At the Board of Supervisors meeting on Jan. 19, 2021, County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry temporarily paused all fee increases at the 2019 level. This pause included a credit for any license holder who had previously paid an increased fee.

    That temporary waiver was intended to provide relief to food establishments that were financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Health Department is now preparing to resume the scheduled fee increases approved as part of the 2016 ordinance.

    License holders may contact the CHFS team directly at CHFS@pima.gov or by calling (520) 724-7908 with questions about their account.

    Fee increases will go into effect Jan. 1, 2023.

    The Consumer Health and Food Safety Office (CHFS) works with state and federal entities to educate businesses and the public on best practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This includes ensuring businesses have up-to-date guidance during the pandemic and stay aware of applicable requirements for employees and patrons. 
    As a public health agency CHFS strives to assist with education to help prevent the spread of foodborne illness, waterborne illness, and public health nuisances and encourages all business to follow CDC guidance on COVID-19 mitigation.

    Please note: The CHFS office will be closed on the second Wednesday of each month from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Please call (520) 724-7908 for assistance. 

    • In-person pool certification classes have resumed. Please look at the schedule and call our office at (520) 724-7908 to reserve your spot. Class size is limited to 24 participants. 
    • In-person food handler certification classes have resumed. Please look at the schedule and call our office at (520) 724-7908 to reserve your spot. Class size is limited to 24 participants.
    • Free, online ServSafe Food Handler courses are now available. Contact our office at 520-724-7908 or by email at chfs@pima.gov to receive a link and course code.
    • Applications for permits and guidelines for food establishments, caterers, and limited food manufacturers are available online.
    • Please call us at (520) 724-7908 to discuss plan review submissions. An appointment will be scheduled to provide additional assistance if in-person assistance is needed.
    • Mail-in payments, applications, and plan review documents can be sent to:
      Consumer Health and Food Safety
      3950 S. Country Club Rd., Suite 2301
      Tucson, AZ 85714
    • We are also accepting payments over the phone at (520) 724-7908.

    THANK YOU for doing your part to help keep our community safe.

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    Health Department Consumer Health and Food Safety

    3950 S. Country Club Road
    Ste. 100
    Tucson, Arizona 85714

    Phone: (520) 724-7908
    Fax: (520) 724-9597
    Email: CHFS@pima.gov

    Hours: Mon - Fri 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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