ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH (Inspections and Permits)

Beaches

**We do not have any cases of vibrio vulnificus in Collier County. Vibrio is a bacteria which is naturally occurring in salt water. Contracting it is rare, but always possible. To avoid contacting vibrio, we recommend people who have open cuts or who are immune-compromised avoid swimming in salt water. We also caution people who are immune-compromised to avoid eating raw fish, especially oysters. These recommendations are not new and do not suggest swimming is unsafe. They serve only as reminders.

The Florida Department of Health in Collier County monitors beach water quality by taking water samples every two weeks at 10 beach locations along the Collier County coastline. We follow the Environmental Protection Agency’s guidelines for detection of bacteria. Our beach water quality continues to test as healthy. Only three times in the past decade (once in 2007 and twice in 2003), have we had to post an advisory due to higher enterococci bacteria levels. We continue to encourage residents and visitors to enjoy our beautiful beaches in Collier County.**

-Stephanie Vick, MS, BSN, RN, Administrator



Services
Sunny days, beautiful white sand beaches and that oh-so-gorgeous turquoise water; are there any better reasons to visit, or better yet, live here? But, how do we know if our beaches are safe? The Healthy Beaches program tests water samples two times per month for Enterococcus Bacteria, which helps to indicate the water quality of our beautiful beaches here in Collier County.

We test 10 sites throughout the county. If two (2) consecutive samples are returned in poor condition, information containing a warning or advisories will be posted stating that swimming is not recommended due to high bacteria counts and a possible health hazard.
Location
3339 Tamiami Trail East
Bldg H Ste. 302
Naples, FL 34112
Phone: 239.252.5530
Fax: 239.643.6870
 
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Hours
8am - 5pm Monday - Friday
Permitting and Inspection
239.252.5530
Contact Information
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239.252.5530
E-mail
Services Not Covered
The Beaches program does not cover the removal of nuisance, injured, sick or dead wildlife from public beaches in Collier County. Please contact Florida Fish and Wildlife by web or phone at 888-404-FWCC (3922).
Complaints
Complaints should be directed by e-mail or telephone to our department.

Biomedical Waste
Services
The objective of the biomedical waste program is to protect health care workers, environmental service staff, waste haulers and the Community from risks associated with potentially infectious biomedical waste. The Department has primary authority and responsibility for facilities that generate, transport, store or treat biomedical waste. The biomedical waste program at the Florida Department of health in Collier County is responsible for inspecting all types of facilities, including, but not limited to:

Body Piercing Salons
Clinics
Dentists
Funeral Homes
Hospitals
Laboratories
Nursing Homes
Permanent Make-Up
Physicians
Pharmacies
Tattoo Establishments
Veterinarians
Location
3339 Tamiami Trail East
Bldg H Ste. 302
Naples, FL 34112
Phone: 239.252.5530
Fax: 239.643.6870
Mailing:
Environmental Health Dept.
P.O. Box 429
Naples, FL 34106
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Hours
8am - 5pm Monday - Friday
Permitting and Inspection
To obtain a permit, please select and complete the application that applies to your business. This must be returned to the Collier County Health Department, Environmental Health & Engineering Division, along with the initial $85 fee and/or other fees listed on the permit application.

Once we have received a completed application and the appropriate fee, one of our Environmental Specialists will contact you to schedule an inspection. For more detailed information concerning the Biomedical Waste program, please call or e-mail (below).

Application for Biomedical Waste Generator or Exemption
Application for Biomedical Waste Transporter
Application for Biomedical Waste Storage Permit
Biomedical Waste Transporters
Model Biomedical Waste Operating Plan
Trauma Scene Cleanup

Please note: The above listings are not all inclusive; these are only the companies that requested to be placed on these listings. If you are in need of a Biomedical Waste Transporter or Trauma Scene Cleanup Company in the Naples area and it is not listed, please contact the companies listed in the surrounding counties (Lee, Charlotte, etc.) for additional information.
Contact Information
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239.252.5530
E-mail
Services Not Covered
We do not provide for the disposal of syringes or diagnostic lancets (diabetes testing strips, etc.). Please visit Sharps Disposal Locations administered by the Collier County Solid Waste Management Division for this type of service.
Complaints
Complaints regarding a health care professional (physician, nurse, etc.), please contact the Division of Medical Quality Assurance at 850.245.4339.

Complaints regarding health care facilities (hospitals, nursing homes, etc.) should be directed to Agency for Health Care Administration at 888.419.345.

Food Hygiene
Services
Environmental Health works with food service establishments to ensure their products are not a source of food-borne illness. This includes the following categories:

Assisted Living Facilities
Bars and Lounges that do not prepare food
Civic/Fraternal Organizations
Detention Facilities
Schools (Public and Private)
Theaters

Depending on the type of facility, inspections are performed on a pre-determined schedule (Example: Schools = 4x/yr). During inspections, we look for food handling practices, personal hygiene, operation and maintenance, and general sanitation.
Location
3339 Tamiami Trail East
Bldg H Ste. 302
Naples, FL 34112
Phone: 239.252.5530
Fax: 239.643.6870
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Hours
8am - 5pm Monday - Friday
Permitting and Inspection
Appointment required
Contact Information
Please note: Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public record request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
239.252.5530
E-mail
Services Not Covered
The Department of Health does not inspect or license restaurants. Restaurants in the State of Florida are inspected and licensed by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. They may be contacted at 850-487-1395.

There is also an online submission form available from the Florida Department of Health on their website: Online Food and Waterborne Illness Complaint Form.

Grocery Stores and Convenience Stores in our state are permitted by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. They may be contacted at
850-245-5520.

The most recent inspection data for facilities that the Collier County Health Department inspects may be obtained by following the link below:
Food Hygiene Inspection Results
Complaints
Complaints should be directed to the appropriate agency or agencies listed above.

Group Care
Services
Environmental Health's goal in completing inspections in group care facilities is to ensure good sanitary and safety practices are in place related to the construction, operation and maintenance of the facility. The Department of Health is responsible for inspecting the following types of Group Care Facilities:

Adult Family Care Homes
Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Treatment Centers
Assisted Living Facilities
Schools (Public and Private)
Location
3339 Tamiami Trail East
Bldg H Ste. 302
Naples, FL 34112
Phone: 239.252.5530
Fax: 239.643.6870
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Hours
8am - 5pm Monday - Friday
Permitting and Inspection
Appointment required
Contact Information
Please note: Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public record request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
239.252.5530
E-mail
Services Not Covered
The Group Care Program does not inspect Hospitals, Nursing Homes or Family Foster Homes. Hospitals and Nursing Homes are inspected and Licensed through The Agency for Healthcare Administration. Family Foster homes are licensed through The Department of Children and Families and private child placement agencies.
Complaints
Complaints should be directed to the appropriate agency or agencies listed above.

Migrant Farm Worker Housing
Services
The objective of this program is to reduce the risk of communicable disease transmission and injury among migrant farm workers by establishing comprehensive and uniform procedures for permitting and inspecting migrant housing.

County health departments ensure uniformity and continuity with the Migrant Labor Camp Program rule and procedures by providing:

Plan Review and Permitting
Pre-Inspection and Routine Inspections
Investigations
Education
Application of State Laws and Rules
Location
419 North First Street
Immokalee, FL 34142
239.252.5550
Mailing:
419 North First Street Immokalee, FL 34142
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Hours
8 am to 5 pm Monday - Friday
Permitting and Inspection
Migrant Labor Camps and Residential Migrant Housing need a permit prior to opening:

Application Form DH 4082
Migrant Labor Camp Inspection Form DH 4060

The governing rules, Chapter 64E-14 of migrant labor camps and residential migrant housing.
Contact Information
For assistance and guidance in obtaining a permit contact the Collier County Health Department at 239.252.5550.
Services Not Covered
None
Complaints
Complaints should be directed to 239.252.7300 or 239.252.7303.

Mobile Home and Recreational Vehicle Parks
Services
Mobile Home and Recreational Vehicle Parks are licensed and inspected by the Collier County Health Department. Inspections generally focus on the following areas:

Proper sewage disposal
Safe drinking water
Safe solid waste collection and disposal
Location
3339 Tamiami Trail East
Bldg H Ste. 302
Naples, FL 34112
Phone: 239.252.5550
Fax: 239.643.6870
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Hours
8am - 5pm Monday - Friday
Permitting and Inspection
If you are interested in opening a new mobile home or recreational vehicle park, please complete the Application Form and submit it along with a plan of the proposed park, information on the water system, sewage disposal system, any swimming pools and the required permit fee. Plans MUST be drawn to scale while including the area and dimensions of the tract of land; the space number or other designation of the space(s); location and size of all proposed mobile home, recreational vehicle or tent spaces; location of roadways; location of any added service buildings. **PLEASE NOTE: Permitting fees will vary based on the amount of spaces your park contains; we will assist to calculate the correct fee.**
Contact Information
Please note: Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public record request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
239.252.5550
E-mail
Services Not Covered
This program does not handle landlord-tenant disputes. For more information on this particular issue, please consider contacting one of the following agencies:

Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR)
Phone: 850-488-1122

Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS)
Phone: 800-352-9832
Complaints
Complaints should be directed to the appropriate agency or agencies listed above.

Septic Systems
Services
So what exactly is a septic system and what does it do? Septic systems are
on-site wastewater treatment systems that retain and treat solid wastes and release treated water out in to a drain field.

Your septic tank has billions of tiny bacteria that treat, digest and reduce the volume of sludge and scum. Periodically, septic tanks may need to be pumped out to remove excess sludge and scum (every 3-5 years). Septic systems and drain fields may need to be repaired from time to time.

This is where Environmental Health comes in. We are tasked with inspection, permitting and regulation of On Site Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems. Additionally, we are responsible for inspecting possible septic nuisances.

You will find information below regarding the various types of septic permits, their costs, and the required documentation that needs to be submitted to the Collier County Health Department, Environmental Health & Engineering Division for approval.
Location
3339 Tamiami Trail East
Bldg H Ste. 302
Naples, FL 34112
Phone: 239.252.5550
Fax: 239.643.6870
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Hours
8am - 5pm Monday - Friday
Permitting and Inspection
Contact Information
Please note: Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public record request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
239.252.5550
E-mail
Services Not Covered
The Collier County Health Department does not provide septic installation or repair contractor recommendations.
Complaints
Complaints should be directed by e-mail or telephone to our department..

Swimming Pools
Services
Family fun? Relaxing? Exercise? A place to cool off during our unbelievably hot summers? Swimming pools are often the center of these year-round activities in the State of Florida. But, if public swimming pools are not properly maintained, they could be the source of waterborne illnesses. For this reason and many others, Environmental Specialists conduct a minimum of twice yearly inspections of the licensed public pools in Collier County! During this time, we check for disinfection levels, water chemistry and safety requirements.
Location
3339 Tamiami Trail East
Bldg H Ste. 302
Naples, FL 34112
Phone: 239.252.5530
Fax: 239.643.6870
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Hours
8am - 5pm Monday - Friday
Permitting and Inspection
DH 4159
FL Department of Health Pool Operating Permit Application Sequence

Effective October 1st, 2014, the Department of Health must be made aware of any proposed public swimming pool construction (new or modifications) prior to applying for a construction permit. In Collier County, this will be handled one of two ways, depending on the local building authority where the construction will take place.

For the City of Naples and the City of Marco Island, all applicants must come to our office, located at 3339 Tamiami Trail East in Naples, and provide us with a set of proposed plans, an application on DH 4159 and initial inspection payment of $150. *The payment of $150 is for NEW construction only, not modifications. When we receive all three items, we will provide you with a letter of receipt to take to the building authority with your application packet.

For Collier County, please submit all of the above listed materials to the Building Department which will then be routed to our office. Please be sure to include a set of plans for the Department of Health, the application form DH 4159 and the $150 fee will be collected at that time ($150 is only for NEW Construction, not modifications).

Please be aware that ALL modifications must be handled through the local building authority for compliance with the Florida Building Code. When a modification is done to a pool, the entire pool will be assessed for current code compliance by the building authority. Contact the respective building office prior to beginning ANY construction or modification to determine what permitting and inspection requirements must be fulfilled.

Operating Permits will be issued following the completion of construction and approval from the respective building department. The permit year for Swimming Pools is from July 1st - June 30th. Permits must be obtained for ALL permitted public pools in Collier County.
Certified Pool Operator (CPO)
All public swimming pools are required to have a Certified Pool Operator (CPO) as required by Collier County Ordinance 66-116.

At this time, the Collier County Health Department is NOT offering the CPO Course. However, there are some options available for those needing to obtain a CPO Certification.

Individuals who are interested in taking a CPO course may select from the listing included below. Please contact these organizations with regard to any fees, etc. Once you have successfully passed their exam, please bring your certificate of completion along with acceptable photo identification (Driver's License, etc.) and a fee of $20 (we accept Cash, Visa/MasterCard and Checks made payable to the Collier County Health Department). We will issue your CPO certification which is valid for a period of 3 years from the date of issuance.

Alternatively, individuals who need to become CPO Certified may 'challenge' our CPO Exam. A study guide will need to be obtained from the Collier County Health Department and the exam scheduled. While the exam is open book, we do encourage you to study as long as you feel necessary before scheduling the exam. Upon arriving to take the exam, please bring appropriate photo ID (Driver's License, etc.) and the $20 fee (Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard). Results are generally available within 1 week of taking the exam. If you successfully pass the exam, you will be issued a CPO Certification which is valid for 3 years from the date of issuance.
Contact Information
Please note: Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public record request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
239.252.5530
E-mail
Services Not Covered
This is a service for PUBLIC swimming pools and spas only and our agency does not permit, license, or inspect PRIVATE pools or spas.
Complaints
Complaints should be directed by e-mail or telephone to our department.

Tanning Facilities
Services
Some sun can be a good thing...but overexposure, not so much! Using a tanning facility may present risks all its own, but Environmental Health & Engineering works with tanning facilities to be sure their equipment is safe and in proper working order.
Location
3339 Tamiami Trail East
Bldg H Ste. 302
Naples, FL 34112
Phone: 239.252.5550
Fax: 239.643.6870
 
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Hours
8am - 5pm Monday - Friday
Permitting and Inspection
Contact Information
Please note: Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public record request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
239.252.5550
E-mail
Services Not Covered
None
Complaints
Complaints should be directed by e-mail or telephone to our department.

Tattooing & Body Art
Services
All tattoo artists and establishments, both conventional and cosmetic, shall be permitted through the local County Health Department. The permitting of these facilities is done to ensure safe tattoo practices, proper training of artists and clean, sterile environments.

In addition to Tattoo Establishments, our office also permits and inspects body piercing salons. Body piercing, a form of body art, is the act of penetrating the skin to make, generally permanent in nature, a hole, mark, or scar. It does not include the use of mechanized, pre-sterilized ear-piercing system that penetrates the outer perimeter or lobe of the ear or both.
Location
3339 Tamiami Trail East
Bldg H Ste. 302
Naples, FL 34112
Phone: 239.252.5550
Fax: 239.643.6870
Mailing:
Environmental Health Dept.
P.O. Box 429
Naples, FL 34106
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Hours
8am - 5pm Monday - Friday
Permitting and Inspection
To obtain a permit, please select and complete the application that applies to you:

Application for Biomedical Waste Generator or Exemption
Application for Tattoo Artist License
Application for Tattoo Establishment License
Application for Body Piercing Salon License
Tattoo Artist Education
Tattoo Artist Licensure Requirements
Tattoo Establishment Licensure Requirements

The applications must be filled out completely and returned to the Collier County Health Department, Environmental Health & Engineering Division, along with the appropriate fees (fees are provided in the "Instructions" section of each application). *Please note that the Application for Tattoo Artist License requires a copy of a government-issued photo identification and a copy of the certificate of training. Approved courses can be found using the link to the right.

Once we have received the application and payment, one of our Environmental Specialists will contact you to schedule an inspection. For more detailed information concerning the Tattoo program, please call or e-mail (below).

**All tattoo establishments must also obtain a Biomedical Waste permit from our Department (see above).
Contact Information
Please note: Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public record request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
239.252.5550
E-mail
Services Not Covered
None
Complaints
Complaints should be directed by e-mail or telephone to our department.

Limited Use Water Monitoring
Services
Limited Use Water refers to wells that serve certain commercial and residential properties. Environmental Health requires that properties served by these types of wells be sampled at least 4 times per year to check for any bacteria and ensure water quality.
Location
3339 Tamiami Trail East
Bldg H Ste. 302
Naples, FL 34112
Phone: 239.252.5530
Fax: 239.643.6870
 
MapDirections  
Hours
8am - 5pm Monday - Friday
Permitting and Inspection
Contact Information
Please note: Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public record request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
239.252.5530
E-mail
Services Not Covered
None
Complaints
Complaints should be directed by e-mail or telephone to our department.

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