Environmental Health is responsible for the protection of the health of children and staff in Colorado child care facilities and for ensuring retail food safety in Southwest Colorado through risk-based restaurant inspections and monitoring of special events with food service.
Consumer Protection Services
EH Main Line | 970 335 2052
Minimum health and sanitation requirements for operation and maintenance are established and regulated by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and San Juan Basin Public Health.
Many people do not think about food safety until a food-related illness affects them or a family member. While the food supply in the United States is one of the safest in the world, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 48 million people get sick, more than 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die each year from foodborne illness. Preventing foodborne illness and death remains a major public health challenge.
Foodborne illnesses usually result from some combination of poor food handling practices during some phase of the food production or food preparation chain such as inadequate cooking, improper cooling or refrigeration, improper hot and cold holding, cross contamination, and inadequate hand washing by food handlers. Foodborne illness occurs in homes, schools and commercial food operations.
People usually believe that their illness may have been caused by the most recent meal. In actuality, the responsible food was often eaten at a previous time (12-24 hours before).
Talk with your doctor if you are severely ill, have a high fever, blood in your stool, or if your illness lasts longer than one or two days. If you have reason to believe that your illness was acquired from food at a restaurant or other commercial food source, call (970)335-2052. EH staff will collect information from you to try to determine what type of illness you may have, where you may have acquired it, and from what type of food. They may inspect a facility which is suspected to have caused illness.
San Juan Basin Public Health and Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) have been working with the food service industry regarding increased licensing fees for retail food establishments. As a result of this work, House Bill 1401 was passed by the Legislature. In this bill, there is a graduated increase in license fees that will be implemented state-wide. As determined by the newly updated law, the increase will be phased in over 3 years.
Everyone will see a 30% increase for 2017 license renewals. Additional 10% increases for 2018 and 2019 annual renewals. The most typical license category is a Restaurant with 0-100 seats, with a current license fee of $330.00. This fee category will increase to $360.00 for the 2018 license renewals. This same fee increase will also apply to Mobile Units that prepare and serve food (full service).
If your establishment is planning an extensive remodel, please submit a plan review for construction to San Juan Basin Public Health for review and advance approval. The plan review fee is $100.00, plus $60 per hour for review, payable to San Juan Basin Public Health. Submit Appendix C with Plan Review Packet.
- What is an extensive remodel?
- Plan Review Packet
- Mobile Unit General Requirements
- Mobile Unit Plan Review Packet
- Appendix C
- Change of Ownership Form
A sales tax license is required for the City of Durango and for the State of Colorado. To obtain a Colorado Sales Tax Account Number, contact the Colorado Department of Revenue at (970) 248-7140.
San Juan Basin Public Health is not licensing vendors for special or temporary events for the 2017 calendar year. Archuleta, La Plata, and San Juan counties have specific rules and regulations that must be followed to ensure the public’s health and safety. Please follow the guidelines for temporary events.
It is the responsibility of both event sponsor and the vendor to ensure that all requirements are met.