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 placement and construction of on-site sewage disposal systems ensures the safety of our citizens and protection of the ground water supply. A permit is required.

The program provides:

  • Soil evaluations
  • System design
  • Inspection of new / septic system installations
  • Inspection / permitting of septic haulers ( Application for Sewage Handling Permit.pdf )
  • Inspection / permitting of sewage systems and wells (Application for Sewage or Water Supply.pdf)
  • Implementation of soil drainage management program (SDMP)
  • Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act (septic tank pump out)
  • Investigate septic system malfunctioning complaints

Food Service Program

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 Food Handler card obtained through the Chesapeake Health Department will be valid for two (2) years.
  • The Certified Food Manager certificate obtained through the Chesapeake Health Department will be valid for five (5) years.


Private Wells

All private wells require a construction permit prior to installation. This permit ensures that the well is located away from sources of pollution and helps to ensure the protection of the ground water supply. ( Application for Sewage System and Water Supply.pdf , Application for Express Class IV Well Construction Permit.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 to Animal Exposure Report.pdf, Animal To Human Exposure Report.pdf)

Public Swimming Pools

All public pools are inspected to ensure swimmer safety. ( Swimming Pool Operators Certification Self Study Course Information Pamphlet.pdf , Swimming Pool or SPA Construction Application.pdf ) Application for pool or spa permit ( Health Permit Application.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/

Other Programs

** Fees may be charged for certain services **

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