Environmental Health provides site evaluation and permits for on-site sewage disposal (septic systems) and wells. The department also provides inspection of restaurants, schools, day care centers, camps and festival events to ensure food safety. Food workers permits are issued by the department upon demonstration of knowledge necessary to prepare and handle food safely. Other services include rabies control and information regarding environmental issues. For more about available services, fees, or other information, please call your local health department.
Food Safety Training
Foodborne Illness Reports
If you think something you ate is making you feel sick, contact your doctor first and then contact your local health department by completing an online MyMealDetective report as completely as possible. While you can also contact your local health department by phone, the online My Meal Detective reporting system is accessible anytime and allows you to describe your illness immediately to capture as much information as possible. The health department will examine your report and investigate if needed.
Restaurant/Food Inspection Reports
All food establishments that serve the public must be permitted through the Virginia Department of Health. This requirement allows VDH and restaurant operators to collaborate in the safe handling of food from the kitchen to your plate. We all want to avoid getting sick! You can review inspection results from across Western Tidewater locations online: Western Tidewater Restaurant/Food Inspection Reports
Regulations and Applications
- 12VAC5-421-10 Food Regulations
- 12VAC5-431-10 Hotel Regulations
- Food Establishment Plan Review New or Renovated Food Establishments
- Application for Temporary Food Permit
For available services or other information, please call your local health department.