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.

Limited Public Access to VDH Environmental Health Offices – COVID-19

Temporary Waivers to Select Environmental Health Regulations

Information for Food Establishments on Coronavirus (COVID -19)

VDH Food Establishment Guidance COVID-19

Limitando la Transmisión de COVID-19 en Establecimientos de Comida

COVID-19 Food Establishment Poster     Image files

Guidance for handwashing/sanitizing and disinfectants

Information for Grade ‘A’ Milk Safety

Regulatory Changes for the Grade ‘A’ Milk Industry for COVID-19

COVID-19 Information for Lodging Establishments, Pools, and Campgrounds: 

Privately-owned (non-State Park) Campground Guidance 

COVID-19 and Virginia State Parks

Guidance: Aquatic Facilities in Phase One

Considerations for Lodging Establishments, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Information for Onsite System Workers on Coronavirus (COVID -19)

VDH Interim Guidance COVID-19

COVID-19 Onsite Systems Poster

Information for Real Estate Professionals

VDH Interim Guidance COVID-19

Guidance: Open Houses in Phase One


VDH released a new portal to submit Operation and Maintenance (O&M) reports on May 6, 2020.  VDH provided a web-based training for currently licensed Master operators on May 5, 2020.  Thank you to everyone who attended the training!  We have gathered your feedback and will work with our contractor to make the user experience as efficient as possible in the provided software platform.  The instructions for creating an account and navigating the system can be found HERE.  Once a licensed operator has created an account and emailed their current license information to ehdministrators@vdh.virginia.gov as outlined in the instructions, we will finalize the account so the user can start submitting reports directly to the Environmental Health Database (EHD).
To address questions received during and immediately after the training, VDH has developed a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document that can be found HERE.  Please check back to this page for news on any system updates.


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



EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE for Onsite Sewage Systems and Private Wells


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