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 Starting June 20, 2019

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) will be migrating to a new data system, Environmental Health Database (EHD), starting June 20, 2019.  For about 7 to 10 days, some Environmental Health services that rely on the use of our database will 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, responding to requests for data abstraction or publishing of reports, and/or other general inquiries.  While VDH will work to minimize any interruption in services during and after this data transition period, we thank you in advance for your understanding and patience.

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