Time and health are two precious assets
that we don't recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted.
-Denis Waitley

He who has health, has hope.
And he, who has hope, has everything.
-Arabian Proverb

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being,
and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
-World Health Organization


Restaurant/Food Establishment Inspections

Environmental Health Specialists perform food service inspections as directed by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.Facilities inspected include restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores, school cafeterias, bakeries, taverns and mobile food services. Inspection frequency is determined by the risk category (high, medium and low). For example, a high risk establishment would be serve a large population and would be inspected 2-3 times. Environmental staff investigate complaints and illnesses associated with food establishments. The health departments goal is to protect the public from foodborne illnesses and provide education which promotes a healthy environment which serves food.

For information on Opening a Food Establishment call us at 417-223-4351 or Email

On-line Food Safety Training

McDonald County Food Ordinance

Missouri Food Code


Lodging facilities are routinely inspected for sanitation and safety standards according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services standards. Inspections identify deficiencies in housekeeping, water supply, wastewater handling, fire safety, swimming pool maintenance and other areas of health conerns.

Currently Licensed Lodging Facilities: Bellaire in Noel, River Ranch Resort in Noel, Booneslick Lodge in Jane, Shady Beach Resort in Noel, Arthur Murray's Motel in Noel and Super 8 in Anderson.

Licensed Child Care Inspections

Licensed Child Care Facilitiesare regulated by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Inspections are perforemed by an Environmental Health Specialist.

Child Care and Safety

Well Water Testing

The Missouri State Public Health Lab provides a courier service daily for water testing. Samples are accepted Monday thru Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.. Samples must be brought to the Health Department the same day they are collected. Bacteria test kits are available for pick up at the Health Department everyday.

Bacteria water tests are $10, payment envelope enclosed with test kit.

Chemistry tests for private wells are available and require the Health Department to collect and submit the samples. Chemistry tests analyze water for the following: pH, Nitrates, Chloride, Sulfate, Flouride, Iron, Manganese and Lead. A $25 fee is required for all samples upon collection. Please call for an appointment 417-223-4351.

Septic Permits

Septic regulations were adopted in 1996 in order to protect the public and the environment. It is the responsibility of the County Health Department to assure septic systems are designed and installed properly according to the McDonald County ordinance. All septic systems installed after 1995 must be permitted through the McDonald County Health Department. Prior to obtaining a permit to install or make repairs to an existing septic system, the following must be followed:

1. Obtain a Soil Morphology report from a Registered Soil Evaluator in McDonald County

2. Hire a Registered Septic Installer in McDonald County.

3. Submit a septic design plan (permit application) with house plans showing number of bedrooms.

4. Obtain a Flood Plain Assessment Form

5. Submit application for electric if needed

6. Return completed paperwork with the fee of $105 to the Health Department

The above information will be reviewed and approved prior to pre-construction at site. A pre-site inspection will be done prior to construction by the Health Department. The system must be properly layed-out prior to pre-construction site inspection. The septic system must be in compliance with state and county construction laws. If approval is given a permit will be issued and work may begin. McDonald County Health Department Environmental Health Specialist will do a final inspection and provide a permanent permit.

Repairs require an permit and application fee of $25


Homeowners Guide To Septic Systems

Tattoo Parlor Ordinance

All Tattoo establishments in McDonald County must be obtain a permit

Tattoo Ordinance

Landlord/ Tenant Law

The Health Department has free copies of Missouri's Landlord-Tenant Law or you may view at http://ago.mo.gov/publications/landlordtenant.pdf

Flood Information

Health and Safety During Floods