One of the Muskogee Health Department roles is to carry out a county wide program for food safety to promote health and prevent disease through education, training and regulation. This system is designed to work in partnership with the people who make the day-to-day decisions that actually determine food and consumer safety – the operators and employees of the food service, pool or hotel establishments.
Local health inspectors issue permits to operate these facilities once they meet all the requirements of the OSDH rules and regulations, and then educates the managers and workers to help them operate safely. Continuing education on consumer health and safety is offered in several ways.
- Food Handler Class (Food School) See below for the class information
- If you need to take a Pool School Class to receive your CPO certificate, you can find more information and schedules on the Oklahoma State Consumer Protection Website. If you need the class for Oklahoma City or Tulsa, you are required to take the class at those health departments. Click here for a statewide class schedule
Services provided by Consumer Health:
- Inspections of:
Restaurants and bars
Places selling prepackaged food (like grocery stores)
Hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts
Food service in schools, day cares, institutions, and camps
Swimming pools and spas open to the public
- Performing investigations and consultations on:
Potential food borne disease
Potential rabies exposure
- Providing technical services:
Instruct Food Handlers class and administer tests
Extensive plan review of food establishments before construction
Click here to find out how to open a business with food.
Need information on daycare requirements, inspections, or licensures? The Department of Human Services handles these subjects
Need information on nursing home requirements, inspections, or licensures? Oklahoma Long Term Care Service handles these subjects
Other helpful links
To open a new establishment
Health Inspectors review and approve applications for the construction of new establishments or the remodeling of existing ones. Examples of facilities required to submit a plan review include restaurants, food trucks, hotels, bars, or businesses selling pre-packaged items. If you plan to open a public bathing place (e.g., pool, hot tub) you will need to follow a different set of steps. More information about public bathing places can be found here.
The plan review process begins by submitting a Plan Review Worksheet to the local Health Department. Plans are reviewed to ensure that the establishment will have all the necessary facilities and equipment for safe operations.
When changing ownership of an existing licensed establishment, the new owner is responsible for contacting the local health department, to make sure all paperwork is turned in and a new licensed is obtained. One of the main delays in reviewing a set of plans is missing information or management not notifying the health department within a reasonable timeframe. So if you are unsure of what we will need please do not hesitate to contact us. New owners will need to make note that licenses are not transferrable.
Fee Change Notice: The 2017 legislative session approved fee changes for the following programs: Food, Lodging, Temporary licenses & Public Bathing. Click here to see these rule changes or view a summary of fees by clicking on a program above.
List of other agency contacts needed for licensure:
You may need to contact several local or state agencies to find out what you need to do to complete you Food Business Plan before construction including Local building inspector, Fire Department, ABLE, DEQ, Oklahoma Construction Industry Board etc. Most agencies have an information specialist who can answer your specific questions. Which agencies you contact will depend on your particular business. It is the responsibility of the business owner to contact all other agencies to find out what regulations and permits will be needed.
Food Handler Class
Local city ordinances and some food establishments may require a food worker to attend a class or training, pass a test on food safety and obtain a food handler permit. The Muskogee County Health Department offers food safety training so the worker can get a food handler permit from the City of Muskogee.
Where: Muskogee County Health Dept.
530 South 34th St, Muskogee, OK 74401
When: 3rd Thursday of every month 10:00 am & Thursday at 3:00 pm
- Registration begins 30 minutes prior to the start of class
- Classes start promptly on time with no exception
- No one will be admitted after the class has started
Class consists of a power point presentation, discussion, and written test. A passing grade of 76% is required in order to pass. Successful applicants will receive a certificate of attendance which will need to be taken to the City of Muskogee. There you will provide them with the certificate of attendance, your ID, pay $5 and then receive a Muskogee food handler permit. To renew the license you will need to bring the permit to the City of Muskogee and pay $5 prior to the expiration on the card.