May 2016 News:
PHFCC will be implementing a new fee schedule, effective June 1st.
Documentation explaining the new fee schedule is posted at the bottom of this page as an attachment.
Are there exceptions to the fee schedule? What about benevolent organizations?
According to ORS 624.106, Non-profit Food Service Organizations shall pay only the administrative charge of 40% the total fee. This is a change from the prior flat rate fee of $36 per license.
What kind of activity qualifies as a benevolent activity?
What is a “Recheck inspection?”
"Recheck Inspection" means an inspection to determine whether specified corrections have been made or alternative procedures maintained for violations identified in previous inspections. In food service establishments, a recheck inspection also means an inspection to determine whether specific corrections have been maintained for violations creating a significantly increased risk for foodborne illness. Recheck inspections may be conducted either on pre-announced dates or unannounced. 333-012-0050
Why are some fees increasing, and others are not?
In years past, the fees were determined by calculating the median rate of several counties in Oregon. This year, Public Health Foundation of Columbia County, the organization that provides food, pool, and lodging licenses and inspections, conducted a detailed cost analysis to determine actual costs of inspecting and licensing businesses. The 2016-17 fees are set to account for actual cost of providing state-required inspections for the health and safety of the community. The cost analysis revealed that fees were accurate for some business types, but inaccurate for others, and have been adjusted based only on cost.
Why are some fees increasing over two years, and others are increasing all at once?
After conducting the cost analysis, we noted that some fee increases exceeded $200. In these cases, the increase was split over two fiscal years to assist those organizations.
How often should the public expect fee increases? At what rate?
Public Health Foundation of Columbia County will conduct a cost analysis each fiscal biennium (every two years) and adjust rates to cover the expenses of providing the service. The organization is a non-profit and intends to keep rates to businesses only high enough to sustain operating costs in accordance with ORS 624.
Need more information regarding Environmental Health?
Please contact Public Health Foundation of Columbia County at (503) 397-4651.
FDA Food Code Changes for July 1, 2012