The Environmental Health Department serves to promote health and protect the Public from environmental health issues. Services include: inspection of licensed facilities (restaurants, hotels, pools, spas, camps, RV parks, and temporary events), investigation of food borne illnesses and communicable diseases, investigation of animal bites, and providing services to public water systems to increase compliance with drinking water rules.
Environmental Health (EH) ensures documentation of identifiable environmental health threats and enforcement of appropriate Oregon Revised Statutes and Oregon Administrative Rules, and city and county ordinances regarding environmental health and safety.
Environmental Health conducts a variety of inspections of licensed facilities each year.
In addition, EH receives and investigates public complaints regarding environmental health hazards; investigates reported cases of food-borne illness, waterborne illness and other non-communicable and communicable diseases; provides information on diseases and vectors to public; and works with other governmental agencies in conducting epidemiological or environmental investigations.
EH surveys public water systems in the county to ensure compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act.
- Agency Contacts (Info & Permits)
- Catering Operations
- Fact Sheets for Food Operators (OHA)
- Farmers Markets
- Food Booths
- Food Handler Cards
- Food Sanitation Rules
- Foodborne Illness
- Home/Domestic Kitchens
- Inspection Reports
- Labeling Requirements
- Mobile Units
- OLCC (Liquor Licensing)
- Produce/Fish Stands
- Retail Food
- ServSafe/Food Manager Classes
- Temporary Restaurants
- Animal Bites & Rabies
- Bats (Batcon.org)
- Beach Monitoring/Closure
- Dead Birds & West Nile Virus
- Drinking Water
- Drug Lab Information (Oregon Health Authority)
- Lead-Based Paint Safety (HomeAdvisor.com)
- Lead Poisoning Prevention (Oregon Health Authority)
- Radon (Oregon Health Authority)
- Shellfish Closures (Oregon Department of Agriculture)
- Agency Contacts (Info & Permits)
- Bed Bugs
- EPA Fact/Information Sheets
- Fees (as of 1/1/2021)
- MasterCard and Visa payments accepted in person or over the phone
NSF Check Processing Policy:
In the event that your check is returned unpaid for insufficient or uncollected funds, we may present your check electronically. In the ordinary course of business, your check will not be provided to you with your bank statement, but a copy can be retrieved by other means.
A $35.00 penalty may be assessed for NSF checks per ORS 30.701(5)
- Flooding & Other Natural Disasters
- Food Recalls and Alerts (foodsafety.gov)
- Labeling Requirements for Food Establishments
- Landlord/Tenant Disputes
- Oregon Law Center Legal Assistance: 503-640-4115
- Oregon Law: Residential Landlord and Tenant
- Mobile Home Park Living Resources (oregon.gov)
- Natural Disasters (EPA)
- No Smoking/Vaping/Marijuana Sign
- Service Animals – ADA Requirements
- Service Animals – FAQs
- West Nile Virus FAQs
Information about food handler classes and testing times can be found here.
If you took the test through the Tillamook County Community Health Centers, a replacement card can be obtained at our office for a fee of $5. Call our office at 503-842-3943 for more information. For testing done online, please visit the website through which you took the exam to reprint a copy. The site recommended by Tillamook County Environmental Health is www.orfoodhandlers.com
If you think you got sick from eating at a restaurant in Tillamook County, call us at 503-842-3909 to file a complaint. Be prepared to provide us with information about specific foods eaten, symptoms you experienced, and a history of food consumed several days prior to onset of symptoms.
A large or continuous die-off of birds, especially crows, ravens, or jays, may be a sign that West Nile Virus is circulating between the birds and the mosquitoes in that area. If you notice an unusual number of dead jays or crows in your area, notify Tillamook County Environmental Health at 503-842-3902. More information on West Nile Virus can be found here.
Before a new restaurant can be opened in Tillamook County, a formal plan review must be done. A Restaurant Review Packet and Pre-Opening Checklist can be found here. Complete the plan review worksheets and return them to Tillamook County Environmental Health with a copy of your floor plan. Once plan review approval has been granted, an annual restaurant license can be obtained.
New mobile units and mobile units that have not been licensed for over a year are required to go through a plan review. A Mobile Unit Plan Review packet and general information about Mobile Food Units in Tillamook County can be found here.
A Mobile Unit is defined as: any vehicle that is self-propelled, or can be pulled or pushed down a sidewalk, street, highway, or waterway, on which food is prepared, processed, or converted or which is used in selling and dispensing food to the ultimate consumer.
No, public potlucks are not allowed per Oregon administrative Rules 3-201.11(B). For more information, visit our website.
A temporary restaurant license is required. More information about temporary restaurant licensing can be found here.
Home canned or home processed foods are NOT permitted, except privately donated bread, rolls, pies, cakes, doughnuts, or other pastries not having perishable fillings, icings, toppings, or glazes may be used in temporary restaurants operated by benevolent organizations. A notice shall be posted in public view that says “Food served at this location may not have been inspected by the Health Department.”
Information about dog bites and quarantine can be found here.
If you suspect chemical or bacterial contamination of your drinking water, you need to contact your water supplier and inquire about recent testing results. If it is a private well, the owner is responsible for all testing. Sampling for Nitrates and Bacteria is recommended. A list of testing labs can be found here.
Information about household mold and mildews can be found here.
For complaints within the city of Tillamook, you can contact the City Hall at 503-842-2472. If outside the city limits but within Tillamook County, call Community Development at 503-842-3408.
Yes, quat test strips and chlorine test strips may be purchased through the Health Department. The cost is $6.00 per box. Thin-tip probe thermometers are $25 each. To order, please contact Allison at 503-842-3943.
Annette Pampush, EH Manager
Monday through Thursday, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Jaime Craig, Environmental Health Specialist
Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Allison Bonato-Garcia, Office Specialist
Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Our office is located in the Public Health wing (blue entrance) of the Main Health Center at 801 Pacific, Tillamook.
PHONE: 1-800-528-2938 OR 503-842-3943
TTY: OREGON RELAY: 1-800-735-2900