Virulent New Castle Disease Confirmed in California

Newcastle disease has been identified in a backyard flock of chickens in Los Angeles County. A press release from the California Department of Agriculture can be found here:


Renew your Annual Health Permit

The 2018/19 Permit Year expires Thursday, October 31, 2019.  Any fees collected after November 1st will incur a penalty fee.

If you currently retain an Environmental Health permit with Nevada County, you will be receiving a renewal notice in the mail in a few short weeks. The Annual Fee is due on or before October 31st. The renewal notice shows the amount due and Invoice Number which will be needed for the payment process. If there are no changes in your account information, you do not need to fill out any forms, only pay the fee. We encourage those who are renewing to pay your annual operational permit fee online

If you do not know how much you annual permit fee is, please refer to the table below.

Food Program Annual Permit Fees

Food Facility 0 Seats $ 453.55
Food Facility 1-15 Seats $ 544.26
Food Facility 16-49 Seats $ 634.97
Food Facility 50-149 Seats $ 725.68
Food Facility 150+ Seats $ 907.10
Temporary Food Facility - High Risk $ 181.42
Temporary Food Facility - Low Risk  NO FEE
Mobile Food Facility  $ 453.55
Cottage Food Operation - Class A  $ 181.42
Cottage Food Operation - Class B $ 453.55
Catering Operation $ 272.13
Please contact us if your facility is not on this list for the appropriate renewal fee.  

Please Note: 

  • If you are renewing your permit, you need only to pay your Annual Permit Fee. 
  • Renewal Notices do not go out to Temporary Food Facilities.  Payment is required 2 weeks before the start date of the event being participated in.
  • If there are any changes to account information, please fill out a Certificate of Operation form and email to Env.Health@co.nevada.ca.us. Be sure to check Exisiting Establishment and Change of Contact Information boxes when completing the form. 

For further information please contact (530)582-2460 or email carley.mayes@co.nevada.ca.us

Lead Testing for Schools

Contact: Andrew Diluccia (Email)

Phone: 916-324-4775

Sacramento - In an effort to further safeguard California's water quality, K-12 schools in California can now receive free testing for lead under a new initiative announced by the State Water Resources Control Board.

New Requirement

The State Water Resources Control Board is requiring all community water systems to test school drinking water upon request by school officials. The written request to the public water system has to be submitted by the superintendent or designee of a school, governing board or designee of a charter school, or administrator or designee of a private school. Under this new requirement, testing is voluntary for schools, but if the schools make a written request, the community water systems must collect the samples within three months and report the results back to the school within 10 business days after receiving the results from the laboratory, or two business days if a result exceeds 15 parts per billion. This is one-time program and K-12 schools have until November 1, 2019 to request this testing. Sampling locations can include drinking fountains, cafeteria and food preparation areas, and reusable water bottle filling stations.

There are approximately 9,000 K-12 schools in California, most of which are served by more than 3,000 community water systems in the state. While these community water systems extensively and regularly test their drinking water for lead, lead could get into clean water at a school campus if there were corroded pipes or old fixtures at the school.

Governor's Direction

Because California has newer infrastructure and less corrosive water than other parts of the country, lead problems at the tap are uncommon. However, national events have highlighted the importance of ongoing water quality monitoring and in 2015 Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. directed the State Water Board to incorporate schools into the regular water quality testing that community water systems conduct at customer's taps.

"While the presence of lead in California's water infrastructure is minimal compared to other parts of the country, additional testing can help ensure we are continuing to protect our most vulnerable populations," said Darrin Polhemus, deputy director of the State Water Board's Division of Drinking Water.


The community water systems are responsible for the costs associated with collecting drinking water samples, analyzing them and reporting results through this new program. In addition, the State Water Board's Division of Financial Assistance will have some funding available to assist with addressing lead found in tests, with a particular focus on schools in disadvantaged communities.

Existing Guidance

Under the federal Lead and Copper Rule, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency already requires public water systems to test for lead at customers' taps, targeting the highest risk homes based on the age of their plumbing. California's compliance rate with the Lead and Copper Rule is among the highest in the country, but the rule does not require testing for schools and businesses. The Board's new requirement ensures schools that want lead testing can receive it for free. The Board consulted with water systems and schools in developing the requirement.

Existing federal and state programs provide guidance to help schools determine if a lead problem exists and how to remedy the contamination. And many school districts have already implemented testing programs.

Protecting children from lead exposure is important for their development and lifelong good health.

Additional Information

For more information on the lead sampling for schools program, see the State Water Resources Control Board's lead sampling website or contact the State Water Resources Control Board directly at:

Phone: 916-449-5646