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Environmental Health

Our mission is to protect health, prevent disease and promote a safe environment for all persons in Tehama County. The Tehama County Environmental Health Department is primarily a public health regulatory agency, however it relies heavily on persuasion and education in fulfilling its legal responsibilities.

Inspection, complaint investigation, permitting and regulation is conducted in the areas of food establishments, individual sewage disposal systems, public water systems, solid waste facilities, medical waste generators, hazardous materials, waste handlers, waste generators, institutions, land development and underground storage tanks, adult use and cultivation of marijuana, and code enforcement.

Tim Potanovic, Director of Environmental Health

To all Tehama County Dixie and McFarland Fire Survivors:

To get help cleaning and clearing your burned property, you must sign a Right-of-Entry form for the Consolidated Debris Removal Program. In this program, state contractors will clear your property and haul away all burn debris, including tree removal. If you choose NOT to participate in this state program, you are still responsible for cleaning and clearing your property. To clean your property yourself, you must enroll in the Alternative Fire Debris Removal Program. Properties in the Alternative Program will be held to the same clean-up standards, including metals and other contaminant testing, as properties in the state-run program.

Please see the link below for FAQs, a letter explaining the Consolidated Debris Removal Program and the Right of Entry form.

All forms are due by November 1st with an absolute end-date of November 15th.



Retail Food

Cottage Food Operations

Food Inspection Reports

Mobile Food Operators

Retail Food Inspections

Temporary food Operators

Covid-19 guidance

Hazardous Materials


Business Plans

Hazardous Waste

Monitoring Wells and Soil Borings


Waste Tires


Domestic Wells

Drinking Water Watch

Small Water Systems

Water Testing Requirements

Groundwater Aquifer Protection Ordinance No. 2006

Liquid Waste

On-site disposal systems

Recreational Waters

Pools / Spas

Solid Waste


Medical Waste

Application for Medical Waste generator

Body Art

Hepatitis B waiver

Permit Application

Childhood Lead


Temp-Mobile Food Application


Retail Food

Septic Systems (office visit required)

Wells (office visit required)

Code Enforcement

Abandoned Vehicles Abatement Program


AVA ordinance

AVA Request Form


Complaint Form

Cultivation ordinance

Detached Ordinance Accessory Structure

Registration for Cultivation

Marijuana Ordinance No. 2000

Marijuana Ordinance No. 2004

Marijuana Ordinance No. 2040


Visual Blight

Land Use



Local Ordinances

Complaint Form

Contact Us –

Tehama County Environmental Health

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Tim Potanovic, Director of Environmental Health

633 Washington Street – Room 36
Red Bluff, CA 96080

(530) 527-8020
Fax (530) 527-6617
Office Hours – 8 a.m. through 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday


Contact Area Of Responsibility
Tim Potanovic, Director Administration
Lori S. Mueller, Office Manager Office Manager
David Lopez, REHS I Land Use, Consumer Protection
Jay Bhakta, REHS I CUPA, Underground Storage Tanks, Hazardous Materials
Tia Branton, REHS III Drinking Water/Consumer Protection
Julie Benson, Code Compliance Coordinator Coordinator of Code Enforcement and Marijuana Cultivation Registration
Margarita Garcia, Code Compliance Coordinator Coordinator of Code Enforcement and Marijuana Cultivation Registration
Keith Curl, Code Enforcement Officer Code Enforcement
Lauri Dilworth, REHS III Underground Storage Tanks, Hazardous Materials, CUPA, Hazardous Waste, Waste Tires, Monitoring Wells and Soil Borings
Clint Weston, Code Enforcement Officer Code Enforcement
 Jana Gosselin, EHS Solid Waste, Consumer Protection, Waste Tires, Body Art
 Cheri Wilson, Administrative Secretary Administrative Secretary
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