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Food Services & Pool Program

Food Services Overview

The Food Division of the St. Joseph County Department of Health is charged with enforcing the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) Retail Food Sanitation Requirements 410 IAC 7-24, Certification of Food Handler Requirements 410 IAC 7-22, and Schedule of Civil Penalties 410 IAC 7-23 along with Chapter 117: St. Joseph County Food Establishments.

In St. Joseph County there are 1,300 permitted establishments that receive unannounced inspections routinely throughout the year to ensure the retail food establishments are following safe food handling practices.

Additionally, food vendors who participate in a temporary event(s) (fair, etc) receive inspections during the event.

During foodborne illness outbreak investigations, the food division collaborates with the nursing division, epidemiologist, and ISDH field epidemiologist. Investigation of other non-food borne illness complaints is completed when the complainant provides the date and time of the visit to the retail food establishment.

Pool Program Overview

The Food Services Division also oversees the Pool Program, permitting and inspecting public and semi-public swimming pools and spas. Inspections follow the Indiana State Department of Health 2003 Public and Semi-Public Swimming Pools Rule 410 IAC 6-2.1 (August 26, 2010 revision) and St. Joseph County Code Chapter 95: Public/Semi-Public Pools and Spas.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security’s Division of Fire and Building Safety reviews and approves plans for the construction of swimming pools and spas. St. Joseph County Department of Health permits are processed after the completion of pool construction, satisfactory water sampling report submission, and inspection. Annual and seasonal pool and spa permits are renewed in April of each year.

Contact Us

Food Services & Pool Program

Physical Address
227 W. Jefferson Boulevard
County-City Building 9th Floor
South Bend, IN 46601

Phone: 574- 235-9723 or 574-235-9750 - Option 3
Fax: 574-235-9497

Business Hours
Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm
Business transactions gladly accepted between 8:00am - 4:00pm