Food Hygiene and Community Sanitation
Investigation of Food Illness Complaints
Persons experiencing illness which they believe to be related to food they may have eaten can contact:
An Environmental Public Health Office
West Palm Beach: 561-837-5900
Delray Beach: 561-274-3188
Belle Glade: 561-996-1633
- Report a Food or Waterborne Illness Complaint Online
Food Hygiene License Applications/Guides
Inspect food service establishments per Chapter 64E-11, F.A.C.
Educate the operators
Enforce the public health requirements
Public and private schools
Migrant labor camps
Assisted living facilities
Facilities participating in the United States Department of Agriculture Afterschool Meal Program (with certain restrictions),
Child Care Centers
Adult day care centers
Short-term residential treatment centers
Residential treatment facilities
Homes for special services
Transitional living facilities
Crisis stabilization units
Prescribed pediatric extended care centers
Intermediate care facilities for persons with developmental disabilities
Civic or fraternal organizations
Bars and lounges (with certain restrictions)
Domestic violence centers
Theaters with certain restrictions
Note: May also include facilities used at temporary events, mobile food units, and vending machines
- Plan Review Application
- Food Safety and Sanitation Program Forms
Sanitary Nuisances Investigations
The Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County investigates complaints regarding Sanitary Nuisances as defined in Florida Statute 386.041. This includes:
- Untreated or improperly treated human waste, garbage, offal, dead animals, or dangerous waste materials from manufacturing processes, air pollutants, gasses, and noisome odors which are harmful to human or animal life.
- Improperly built or maintained septic tanks, water closets, or privies.
- Keeping diseased animals dangerous to human health.
- Unclean or filthy places where animals are slaughtered.
- The creation, maintenance, or causing of any condition capable of breeding flies, mosquitoes, or other arthropods capable of transmitting diseases, directly or indirectly to humans.
- Any act or condition determined to be a sanitary nuisance as defined in Florida Statute 386.01.
Environmental Health Inspections
Migrant Labor Camps and Housing
Mobile Home Parks
Group Care Facilities
Note: Public restaurants are regulated by the Florida Department of Business and Regulation, Division of Hotels and Restaurants at 850-487-1395 and grocery stores are regulated by the Florida Department of Agriculture at 800-435-7352.
Mobile Home Parks
Inspection, permitting and enforcing environmental health requirements per Chapter 64E-15, F.A.C.
Inspections conducted at least twice per year
Water and sewer connections are often temporary at vehicular residences
Recreational Vehicles (RVs)
- For more information please see the department's website