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  •   Monterey County Declares Hepatitis A Outbreak Among Homeless Population

    Since early 2017, the San Diego and Santa Cruz County Health Departments have been investigating local hepatitis A outbreaks among individuals who are homeless or use illicit drugs. Unfortunately, disease levels in Monterey County have now reached outbreak levels. Since October 2017, hepatitis A has been diagnosed in 9 individuals with a history of homeless in Monterey County. These individuals did not travel outside of Monterey County so are assumed to have become ill due to transmission within the homeless and illegal drug use communities in Monterey County.

    2/5/2018 4:46:00 PM

  • Monterey County Animal Control Program Advisory Board Meeting

    Monterey County Animal Control Program Advisory Board will meet Thursday, March 22nd at 3:30 pm at the Monterey County Animal Services Center, 160 Hitchcock Road in Salinas

    3/19/2018 11:49:00 AM

  • Bayer Issues Recall of Alka-Seltzer Plus® Products

    Bayer is voluntarily recalling Alka-Seltzer Plus® packages that, were sold only in the U.S. at Walmart, CVS, Walgreens and Kroger (including Dillons Food Stores, Fred Meyer, Fry’s Food Stores, Ralphs, King Soopers and Smith’s Food and Drug) after February 9, 2018. The packages can be identified by checking the Bayer logo located on the lower left corner of the front of the carton. If the logo has an orange or green background, the product is included in the recall The affected packages are being recalled because the ingredients on the front sticker may not match the actual product in the carton.






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Land Use and Onsite Wastewater Treatment (Septic) System

Permit Application Fees:
Restructured and Increased

On June 27, 2017, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the Environmental Health Bureau’s (EHB) proposal to restructure and amend fee related to land use and onsite wastewater treatment (septic) system permit applications. Historically, the EHB’s Environmental Health Review Services, also informally referred to as Land Use, has relied heavily on contributions from the Monterey County’s General Fund to supplement the fees collected for land use permit applications in order to cover all costs associated with running the program. The fees approved in June 2017 are intended to adequately and proportionately recover program costs and reduce reliance on the County’s General Fund Contributions (GFC).

Before we could address the disparity of cost recovery and general fund reliance, the EHB completed a comprehensive fee study. It is important to note that the EHB began tracking staff time to individual projects in 2011, allowing us to accurately assess the average amount of time it takes to evaluate each kind of permit application. Based on the analysis, we’ve reorganized our land use permit fee, reducing the 88 existing permit categories down to just 5 types.

  • Type 1 - Compliance Review
  • Type 2 – Minor Plan Check or Report Review
  • Type 3 – Major Plan or Minor Discretionary Permit
  • Type 4 – Major Discretionary Permit
  • Type 5 – Deposit Projects

Onsite wastewater treatment system (“OWTS” or septic system) permit fees for repairs to existing systems have been adjusted to distinguish between tanks and dispersal fields.

The fees will become effective August 27, 2017. Click here to see the PowerPoint presentation that was given to the Board of Supervisors.