South Health District

Environmental Services

The mission of Environmental Health Services is to provide primary prevention through a combination of surveillance, education, enforcement, and assessment programs designed to identify, prevent and abate the environmental conditions that adversely impact human health. We do this through many different arenas.

Food Service (Restaurant Inspections)
The goal of our Food Service program is to minimize food-borne related illnesses. We do this through regulating and routine inspecting food services establishments such as restaurants, schools, carterers, and other related facilities. We plan, review and permit these facilities; as well as educate and train food service operators, managers and employees. For more information on the Food Service program visit http://dph.georgia.gov/food-service.

Land Use Services
The goal of the Land Use program is to minimize health problems related to untreated human sewage. We do this through permitting and inspecting septic tank systems; permitting and inspecting septage pumping operations; investigating complaints related to sewage disposal problems; and subdivision and lot evaluation for issuance of permits in septic tank systems and wells. For more information on the Land Use program visit http://dph.georgia.gov/wastewater-management.

Tourist Accommodations (Hotels, Motels, Campgrounds)
The goal of the Tourist Accommodations program is to minimize illness and injury associated with unsanitary or hazardous conditions in motels, hotels, travel trailer parks, bed and breakfast inns, and other tourist accommodations. We do this through regularly inspecting tourist accommodations; planning, reviewing, and permitting of these accommodations; and investigating complaints related to unsanitary or hazardous conditions in tourist accommodations. For more information on the Tourist Accommodations program visit http://dph.georgia.gov/hotels-motels-and-campgrounds.

Public Swimming Pools & Recreational Water Parks
The goal of the Public Swimming Pool program is to minimize illness and injury associated with contaminated or hazardous conditions in or around public pools or parks. We do this through inspecting public swimming pools and recreational water parks routinely; planning, reviewing, and permitting of public swimming pools and recreational water parks; and investigating complaints related to unsanitary or unsafe conditions at public swimming pools and recreational water parks. For more information on the Pool program visit http://dph.georgia.gov/pools.

Lead Home Investigations
The goal of the Lead Home Investigations program is to eliminate childhood lead poisoning in Georgia. For more information on the Lead Home Investigations program visit http://dph.georgia.gov/lead-home-investigations.

Rabies Control
The goal of the Rabies Control program is to control the spread of  rabies between humans and animals. Environmental Health investigates all reported bites and possible rabies exposure. For more information on the Rabies Control program visit http://dph.georgia.gov/rabies.

Other Services

  • Evaluation of individual drinking water supply systems and collection of water samples for bacteriological assay.

Links and forms for Environmental Health (forms that are specific to counties are listed under county health departments):

Food Service:
Department of Public Health Food Service
Food Service Application for Permit
Mobile-Extended Food Service Permit
Temporary Food Service Establishment Permit Application Packet

Tourist Accommodation:
Department of Public Health Tourist Accommodation
Plan Review Checklist
Tourist Accommodation Application

Pools/Spas:
Department of Public Health Pools
Swimming Pool/Spa Construction Plan Review
Swimming Pool/Spa Construction Application
Swimming Pool/Spa Operation Application

Indoor Air Quality and Mold:
Department of Public Health Indoor Air Quality
Wastewater Management (On-site Sewage, Pumpers, Portable Toilets)

Rabies:
Department of Public Health Rabies
Georgia Rabies Control Manual

Environmental Services Links

Helpful links related to Environmental Health.