Environmental Services

BCHD environmental health specialists are responsible for the inspections of food establishments, on-site wastewater treatment systems, child care facilities, and hotels & motels. Environmental health staff also conducts ServSafe training classes monthly, complaint investigations and laboratory testing of private wells.


An estimated twenty-five percent of homes in Missouri rely on an onsite wastewater treatments system (OWTS) in areas where public sewers are not available. Onsite systems treat wastewater and disperse it on the property where it is generated. When functioning properly, onsite systems prevent human contact with sewage, and prevent contamination of surface and groundwater. Factors that affect the proper functioning of onsite systems include the site and soil conditions, design, installation, operation and maintenance.


Wastewater Treatment Systems Permit Application Procedure   Installer Registration Form
  Repair Permit     Wastewater Ordinance
  Wastewater Permit Pg1     Wastewater Permit Pg2
  Setback Distances      LPP Form
  Barry County Registered WW Professionals
  Missouri Sunshine Law (RSMo 610) Request Form

Well Water Testing

Bacteriological testing analyzes drinking water for the presence of total coliform and Escherichia coli (E. Coli.). While the Health Department will continue unofficial bacteriological testing for $20.00, it is now also able to provide official testing for $30.00. The difference between an official sample and an unofficial sample is that an unofficial sample can be taken by an individual, such as the property owner. An official sample is collected, handled, transported and analyzed by an Environmental Public Health Specialist.

New Well Series

The New Well Series tests for pH, nitrate/nitrogen, chloride, sulfate, fluoride, iron, manganese, and lead. Each sample an Environmental Public Health Specialist collects will then be analyzed by the State Public Health Laboratory in Jefferson City. The charge for this service is $30.00.

Food Service

The Environmental Public Health Specialists perform routine, pre-opening and complaint food inspections for restaurants, grocery stores, temporary and mobile food vendors.

ServSafe Class Information

Serv Safe classes are offered monthly. Please call 417-847-2114 for dates, times and locations of classes offered through the health department.

Payment must be received with registration (by mail or in person at Barry County Health Dept. in Cassville). Cost for the course is $130.00 per person, non-refundable.

Someone who has successfully completed an 8 hour ServSafe course must be onsite at food establishment at all times.


Pre-Opening Requirements   Food Service Permit Application
  Mobile Application      
  Temporary Food Service Application      
  Temporary Food Service Guidelines     Food Service Ordinance
  Guidance Food Safety Checklist     Food Service Inspections
  Annual Mobile Establishment Guidelines     Seasonal Mobile Establishment Guidelines


The Barry County Health Department investigates onsite sewage and food service complaints. All complaints need to be in writing with detailed information. (Forms may be submitted anonymously).



Barry County Health Department | 65 Main Street | Cassville, Missouri 65625 | Phone 417-847-2114 | Fax 847-2116
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