Environmental Health Services

The mission of the OEHS is to protect public health by preventing the transmission of disease through food, milk, shellfish, water and sewage and to work in partnership with other agencies to protect the environment.


Environmental Health Services Interruption

In order to offer Virginians faster, more secure and better quality environmental health data, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) migrated to a new data system known as the Environmental Health Database (EHD). The migration to the new system started on June 20. This process is taking longer than expected and during this migration period, some Environmental Health services that rely on the use of the database continue to be interrupted.  These services include, but are not limited to, the printing of approval letters and permits, accepting and processing of onsite sewage system operation and maintenance (O&M) reports, updating restaurant inspection information on  VDH’s inspection portal, responding to requests for data abstraction or publishing of reports, and/or other general inquiries. Regulatory activities are not impacted by the transition. Information pertaining to individual regulated facilities can be obtained by contacting your local health.

Major Storm Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness & Response Resources

RESTAURANT PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE for Power Outages

RESTAURANT PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE for Flooding

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE for Onsite Sewage Systems and Private Wells

HOW TO ASSESS AND REHABILITATE FLOODED ONSITE SYSTEMS (article in Pumper Magazine)

Contact Us

If calling about applications for wells or septic systems or restaurant inspections, contact the Environmental Health division within your local health department.

Environmental Health Services

109 Governor St., 5th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
804-864-7473