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Environmental Health

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Online Permit Portal

The following is a link to our new permit portal for the listed departments: Planning & Zoning, Septic & Environmental Health, Addressing & GIS, and Road & Bridge - Driveways.

Permit Portal Instructions

Environmental Health

The Environmental Health team is responsible for managing and enforcing sanitary standards that ensure health and safety in the areas of Retail Food, Child Care, & Schools. The team is also responsible for reviewing all septic system applications and awarding permits. To speak to one of our specialists please reach out by phone or email.

Please Note:
The Environmental Health Department has no jurisdictional authority over bed bugs, mold issues or rodents in residential homes, apartments and hotels.  Please reach out to Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies  or  Colorado Department of Local Affairs


The Environmental Health Department has no jurisdictional authority over any body art, piercings, tattoos, artificial tanning studios or public and hotel pool inspections. 

Food Safety & Sanitation Information

Cottage Food

The state of Colorado allows select food to be prepared at home and sold to the public without a license.  Please review the links below for specific guidance on which foods and how to prepare at home for sale to the public.  When in doubt, reach out. 

Opening a New Restaurant

The Environmental Health team is responsible for the health and safety of food operations in Montezuma County. “The mission of the Retail Food Program is to provide effective means for the prevention of foodborne illnesses in Colorado. The vision of the program is to promote and protect public health through education and partnerships to advance food safety. Restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores, catering operations, food trucks, and push-carts must have a retail food license”

Childcare Facilities

The Environmental Health team is devoted to establishing and enforcing sanitary standards for child care facilities. A thorough health inspection is completed once a year for all child care facilities in Montezuma County. Inspections for child care focus on evaluating proper sanitizing and disinfecting procedures, record keeping of vaccines, and ensuring adequate supplies and procedures are in place. The Environmental Health team enjoys the collaboration with all of our child care facilities to ensure healthy conditions for our children.  Please Note:  home daycares are not regulated by Montezuma County Health Dept. 




Opening a New Childcare Facility


The Environmental Health team is devoted to ensuring health and safety standards are met in our communities’ schools. Inspections include radon results and asbestos plan reviews. We also look at emergency procedures, sanitizing and disinfecting procedures, and handling of medication. High risk inspections evaluate safety systems in vocational shops such as emergency shut offs and proper ventilation. The team will also evaluate proper storage and handling in all chemistry labs.




Opening a New School

Additional Environmental Health Information

Please Note:

The Environmental Health Department receives many calls each year regarding Bed Bugs and Mold in rental units and properties. Unfortunately, the Department has no jurisdiction in residential homes or apartments.

Mold/Bug landlord/tenant dispute resources

Mold Abatement Companies
Pest Control Companies
State Contacts

Ozone Station Monthly Monitoring Reports

Air Quality Index Statewide
Current Air Quality Conditions
Advisory & Air Quality Forecast

Purple Air Map


Contact Montezuma County Environmental Health Specialist 
Contact Montezuma County Septic/Wastewater Specialist