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Migrant Labor Camps

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What Services Are Available?

To ensure safe and healthy living conditions for those working in our farm industry, Environmental Health Specialists conduct semi-quarterly inspections of migrant housing during the Migrant Farmworker season. At the beginning of every migrant season, annual permits are issued to camp owners meeting minimum standards of safe and sanitary conditions to protect the health and safety of migrant workers.

In our area, this usually runs from October 1 through May 1.

Anyone wishing to open a Migrant Labor Camp or offer housing to Migrant Farm Workers must submit an Application for Annual Permit to the Polk County Health Department at least 30 days before beginning operation of the camp.

Migrant housing must meet local building and fire codes. A satisfactory fire inspection report must be provided each year before the camp can open for operation.

For additional information on Migrant Labor Camp statutes, rules, and forms visit

When & Where?

Environmental Health Office

2090 E. Clower Street
Bartow, FL 33830

Environmental Health & Engineering Phone: (863) 519-8330
Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday