The Inyo County Environmental Health Department is temporarily suspending walk-in assistance to the public to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
- All questions and applications can be submitted by phone, email, or through the post office. If you need to meet in person, please make an appointment using the contact information found on the Staff page under the Environmental drop-down menu to the left.
- Payments by check or by credit card are preferred. For credit cards, please use the one-time payment option in the Environmental Health Payments link below.
- We have resumed site inspections with staff observing social distancing and masking requirements at all times.
Thank you for your patience.
Our mission is to prevent environmental public health hazards. We succeed by being a responsive team that prevents these hazards through environmental education and consistent enforcement, when necessary, of the facilities and programs under our jurisdiction.
Registered Environmental Health Specialists and associated staff conduct regular inspections of permitted facilities, investigate complaints, and strive to determine the causes of environmental health-related illnesses and develop strategies to prevent them. To foster this mission, our water quality laboratory conducts bacteriological and other analyses of over 2500 samples each year.
This department welcomes input from the public-both residents and our visitors alike. We are here to help.
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Do you own a business in Inyo County that was closed due to COVID-19 and want to reopen safely? Hopefully, these instructions will help.
Start by clicking the "Reopening Businesses in Inyo County" link below. You'll see a graphic that tells what stage of reopening the County is currently situated. You'll also see a tab on the left called "Industry Checklists." Click on the Industry Checklist tab.
Now you'll see a long list of Industries that the State has issued reopening guidance for already. If you don't see your industry listed, the State is still working on it, and we will update our site as soon as it comes out. Click on the guidelines link for your industry. Here you'll find the State guidance that Inyo County would like you to follow to open your business up safely.
The first item you'll probably see is the need for a "Workplace Specific Plan." For restaurants, we have provided a fillable form below, "Covid-19 Restaurant Operating Procedures," that will work for this plan. Feel free to use it.
Once you have read through the guidance and made the necessary changes to your operation to keep both your staff and the customer safe from possible exposure, click on the "Attestation Form" link below. This form, once completed and submitted, will go to County staff for review. If the team sees that you have done all that you can to open safely, they will contact you with their approval.