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Office Hours:

By Appointment Only

To request an appointment either send us an email or call 454-2022

Main Phone:

(831) 454-2022

On Line:

General Information

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The Santa Cruz County Environmental Health Division lobby is currently open for business by appointment only. You may request an appointment to meet with staff to discuss a matter or with our Administrative Support staff to submit an application and make a payment. To request an appointment either send us an email or call 454-2022. Email is checked regularly during business hours Monday through Friday. We continue to encourage you to use email to conduct business.

For documents that cannot be emailed, there is a secure drop-off box on the first floor of 701 Ocean Street. Look for the drop-off box with a sign labeled ‘Building, Planning, and Environmental Health’. Forms, applications and other information can be found on this website.

Applications can be accepted by emailing the required paperwork to:

Payment of fees can be completed online after you receive an invoice in your email.

Effective Tuesday, September 8, 2020, Santa Cruz County was moved to the less restrictive:


According to the Governor's Blueprint for a Safer Economy, the following can occur under a Substantial Tier Status:

  • Restaurants and Movie Theatres can open indoor operations at a 25% capacity or 100 people max (whichever is smallest) 

  • Wineries and Tasting rooms, family entertainment centers, and cardrooms can open outdoors only 

  • Bars, brewpubs, breweries, distilleries and pubs must close all operations both indoor and outdoor if only serving alcohol (follow restaurant guidelines if providing food service)

  • Grocery stores can continue at a maximum 50% capacity

  • Gyms and fitness centers can open indoors at a maximum 10% capacity

  •  Body art, piercing facilities, estheticians, skin and hair services can open indoors with modifications

  • Daycamps, campgrounds and outdoor recreation can open with modifications

  • Festivals, concerts and indoor playgrounds cannot be held or operate

  • Swimming pools can open outdoors with modifications

Governor's Blueprint for a Safer Economy

COVID-19 Information for Food Facility Operators

COVID-19 Information for Commercial Pool Operators


Click here to access parcel and facility information

Pay by Credit/Debit Card or E-Check - You must know your Environmental Health Invoice Number to pay by credit/debit card  Paying on line does not eliminate the need to return any required signed, original documents. Permits will not be issued until both payment and any required signed documents are submitted.
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Due to concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19, some Advisory Committee meetings have been cancelled or changed. Please check the individual commission sites for updates.