Environmental Health

The Environmental Health Division serves as the local governmental arm of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). As agents of the state, staff provide environmental education as well as enforcement of state laws, rules, and local ordinances pertaining to food sanitation, wastewater disposal, private drinking water wells, and other public health concerns.

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 Food Protection & Facilities

  • Reviews plans and issues permits to operate food service facilities, hotels, etc.
  • Conducts routine health/sanitation inspections of all establishments required by law
  • Issues sanitation grades A, B, or C to permitted establishments based upon results of inspections
  • Permits and inspects temporary food service establishments for special events (i.e. festivals, fairs, etc.)
  • Investigates public health complaints
  • Permits and conducts sanitation inspections for public swimming pools and spas
  • Permits and inspects tattoo parlors/artists
 On-site Wastewater
  • Performs soil/site evaluations to determine suitability for septic tank systems
  • Permits new and repaired septic tank system installations
  • Inspects and approves new and repaired septic tank system installations
  • Inspects existing system installations in certain situations
  • Investigates public health complaints
  • Performs site evaluations to determine if well sites meet setbacks from sources of pollution, etc.
  • Issues permits for new well construction, repair and abandonment
  • Performs grouting inspection of new and repaired well during construction phase
  • Performs well head inspection on new or repaired well for proper seals, vent, etc.
  • Collects samples for bacteriological, inorganic chemical and nitrate/nitrite analysis on new wells constructed as of July 1, 2008, and forward (included in permit fee)
  • Collects bacteriological, inorganic chemical, volatile organic compounds and pesticide samples for analyses of water from existing private wells upon request and payment of appropriate fees
  • Provides limited consultation on water quality problems