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Fee Waivers

Per Maricopa County Environmental Health Code Chapter I, Regulation 5a,

“No permit shall be issued, and no permit is valid, until the permit fee is received by the Department, except that the operator of a charitable nonprofit establishment (which operates to provide relief solely for the poor, distressed or under- privileged) may apply to the Board of Health for a waiver of permit fee. A waiver of fee may be granted only to the operator of an establishment, which maintains a current 501(c)(3) tax exempt designation from the Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, who demonstrates to the Board of Health that payment of said fee will cause financial hardship. Board of Health granted fee waivers expire pursuant to the required permit listing in section c of this regulation. Application for a permit fee waiver shallbe made using forms provided by the Department.

  1. A waiver of fees associated with the administering and issuance of a food service worker card in compliance with A.R.S. § 41-1080, may be granted to the operator of an establishment, which maintains a current 501(c)(3) tax exempt designation from the Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service and must demonstrate to the Board of Health that payment of said fees will cause financial hardship.
  2. Or to a current student, enrolled in a K-12 culinary arts school program or other similar curriculum based programs requiring a food service worker card from their students to be in compliance with this code. The sponsoring school district must demonstrate to the Board of Health that payment of said fee will cause financial hardship.”

Fee Waiver Qualifications

  1. For permits
    • The organization must be a nonprofit establishment holding a current 501(c)(3).
    • The organization must provide relief solely for the poor, distressed or underprivileged.
    • The organization must demonstrate that payment of permit fee will cause financial hardship.
  2. For food service worker cards associated with a nonprofit establishment
    • The food service worker card fee must be associated with a nonprofit establishment holding a current 501(c)(3).
    • The organization must demonstrate that payment of permit fee will cause financial hardship.
  3. For culinary arts student food service worker cards
    • Fee waiver applicant must be a sponsoring K – 12 school district with a culinary arts program.
    • The sponsoring school district must demonstrate that payment of food service worker card fee will cause a financial hardship to their current students enrolled in the culinary arts program.

    Below are the documents that must be submitted to the Environmental Services Department before the Board of Health can approve or deny a fee waiver.