COVID-19 Update: Please visit our COVID-19 page for the latest guidance regarding Clay County food establishments.

Another resource: Guidance for Food Service Establishments (DHSS)

Service Updates

  • We are not currently printing food handler or manager cards at the health center. If your temporary food handler certificate is going to expire before April 1, please call 816-595-4350 and leave a message. 
  • All food handler, food manager and aquatic operator classes are canceled through the end of March. Please call 816-595-4350 to reschedule.
  • Payments: To make a credit card payment over the phone, call 816-595-4350 and leave a message. You may also submit payment through mail, as it will be collected daily.
  • To drop off paperwork at the health center for a food permit, onsite sewage permit, accessory permit, lot split application, or an aquatic venue permit: there is a box located in the corner of the Environmental Health waiting room. This is not a secured box, please do not leave any form of money. If you would like to submit paperwork electronically, call 816-595-4350 and guidance will be given
  • Complaints or concernsSubmit here or call 816-595-4350 and leave a message.

Environmental Health Protection is responsible for permitting and inspecting all food establishments within the jurisdiction of the Clay County Public Health Center. Permitted food establishments include restaurants, taverns, grocery stores, convenience stores, schools, hospitals, bakeries, childcare, mobile units, push carts, vending machines and temporary event concessions. The Clay County Food Code requires annual operating permits, inspections and completion of appropriate training classes for food handlers and food managers. These classes are held at the Clay County Public Health Center. 

Food Handler & Manager Training 

  The Clay County Missouri Food Code requires any person who engages in food preparation, handling, dispensing or service to the public to possess a valid food handler card or food manager certificate. Food handlers must obtain a certificate no later than 30 days from the time they are hired by a food establishment. Classes are conducted at the Clay County Public Health Center each month, and food handler cards are valid for three years. Food handler certifications are also accepted from the other local health departments in the KC Metro area or from

When training is taken online through, you must bring your certificate of course completion within 30 days to the Clay County Public Health Center (Administrative Office) to obtain an official Clay County Public Health Center Food Handler photo ID card. You will be required to pass an abbreviated post-test. Office hours to obtain your Food Handler photo ID card are Monday - Tuesday and Thursday - Friday from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. We will not be processing Food Handler photo ID cards on Wednesdays. 

A food manager must obtain an ANSI-CFP accredited Food Protection Manager Certification within 60 days of being hired as a manager or person in charge. To assist businesses with meeting this requirement, the Clay County Public Health Center has certified instructors and proctors that deliver the ServSafe course and exam on a monthly basis. You can contact 816-595-4350 to schedule yourself or an employee for this class and exam
. Fees for the class, book and/or exam are due at the time of registration and are non-refundable. Food Manager Certificates are valid for five years. All ANSI-CFP accredited Food Protection Manager Certifications require a food manager to successfully pass a proctored exam upon completion of food manager training. 


Additional Resources

Mobile Units & Push Carts

Farmers' Markets 

Food Program Newsletters 

Current Food Recalls

To assure that recalled food products are not being offered for sale in Clay County, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) notifies Environmental Health Protection when products are recalled. Usually these recall notices are the result of reports of illness or potential illness associated with a food product. Food establishments are notified so that food items may be removed from commerce.

Temporary Food Establishment Requirements

A temporary food establishment is a food establishment that operates for a period of no more than 14 days. The food operation may take place in a permanent facility, a mobile unit, a tent or similar structure. Specific requirements must be met at each location. A Temporary Food Establishment Permit must be obtained prior to operation. An application for a Temporary Food Establishment Permit must be completed, a permit fee received and an inspection conducted before a Temporary Food Establishment Permit may be issued.

Food Establishment Inspection Results

Food establishment inspections are public record and may be viewed by the public. Inspections are available online or by viewing the office file at the Clay County Public Health Center. If you have any questions, or need further information, please contact Environmental Health Protection at 816-595-4350.