Environmental Health

Environmental Health Services protect the health and safety of Chesapeake citizens through safe food and water, proper sewage disposal and correction of environmental hazards.

The Chesapeake Health District is one of the fastest growing Districts in Virginia.  The Environmental Health section of the Chesapeake Health Department is responsible for serving the approximately 225,000 citizens of Chesapeake. Programs of interest in which we oversee include: food establishments, recreational waters, rabies, hotel/motel, wells, onsite sewage systems, massage establishments and tattoo establishments just to name a few. With approximately 700 permitted food establishments in the City of Chesapeake many areas continue to evolve and expand especially in our growth areas of Greenbrier, Great Bridge, Deep Creek and Western Branch. Our department permits between 20-40 new food establishments yearly.  Field inspectors are responsible for specific geographic areas in Chesapeake. The staffing for this Department includes an Environmental Health Manager, an Environmental Health Supervisor, nine Environmental Health Specialists Senior and two Office Service Specialists. A risk assessment, which incorporates among other things the size and complexity of the establishment is utilized to determine the inspection frequency of a food establishment. Enjoy the site and contact our Department with any questions you may have.     (757) 382-8672

Food Regulations Effective July 18, 2016 ( Chesapeake Food Regulations Newsletter July 2016.pdf )

On-site Septic System Program

The Office of Environmental Health Services (OEHS) oversees the design and construction of onsite sewage systems to ensure that the environment is protected.  A permit may be required.  The program includes:

  • Permit application review
  • System inspections
  • Property improvement requests (pools, decks, etc.)
  • Alternative system and Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act system inspection requirements
  • Complaint investigation
  • Inspection and permitting of sewage handlers

For more information, please call (757) 382-8672

Application for Sewage Handling Permit.pdf

Application for Sewage or Water Supply.pdf

Petition for VDH Services Form.pdf

Food Service Program State Food Safety Logo

The Chesapeake Health Department offers food related coursework using the following methods:

  • In person classroom setting for Food Handlers is no longer offered
  • In person classroom setting for Certified Food Managers (ServSafe) will only be offered quarterly.
  • Online classes available for Food Handlers, Certified Food Managers and Allergen awareness (https://chesapeake.statefoodsafety.com).  If you are having difficulties or have questions please contact State Food Safety customer support at (801) 494-1416.
  • The Certified Food Manager certificate obtained through the Chesapeake Health Department will be valid for five (5) years.


Private Wells

The Office of Environmental Health Services (OEHS) reviews and issues permits for proposed site for private wells.  This helps ensure that the wells are properly located, far enough away from potential sources of contamination.  Types of wells include, but are not limited to: drinking water, irrigation, geothermal, and industrial.  Additional requirements may be imposed if the proposed volume of water to be withdrawn exceeds 300,000 gallons per month.  Please speak with our Environmental Health Specialists with any questions you may have. (757) 382-8672

Application for Sewage or Water Supply.pdf

Application for Express Class IV Well Construction Permit.pdf

Petition for VDH Services Form.pdf

Rabies Control Program

Animal bites and scratches to humans from wild or domestic animals must be reported. Exposures of domestic animals to wild animals must also be reported. Animal awareness is promoted through rabies presentations offered by the Health Department. (Animal Exposure Incident Report.pdf)

Public Swimming Pools

All public pools are inspected to ensure swimmer safety. ( Swimming Pool or SPA Construction Application.pdf ) Application for pool or spa permit ( Recreational Water Establishment Permit Application.pdf)

We provide a self-study course for those individuals wanting to become a Certified Pool Operator. The cost is $100 and includes the textbook, Chesapeake pool regulations, exam, and certification card.  View the flyer to see more information.  ( Pool-Class-Certification-Flyer.pdf )

Rat Control

Environmental Health Specialists investigate complaints of rodent infestation on public property.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests

The Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), located § 2.2-3700 et. seq. of the Code of Virginia, guarantees citizens of the Commonwealth and representatives of the media access to public records held by public bodies, public officials, and public employees. Please use our fill in form (FOIA Blank Form.pdf ) to assist us in filling your request. For additional information please Email ChdEnvHlth@vdh.virginia.gov,  call (757) 382-8672 or you can go to the Virginia Dept of Health’s main FOIA webpage at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/Administration/FOIA/

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