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

Face Covering Required (Printable signs)

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

Aquatic Facilities

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

Quaternary Ammonia Use in Onsite Systems – See Job Aid



Onsite Sewage System Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Reports

VDH provided web-based training for licensed Onsite Sewage System Operators on May 5, 2020, on a new portal to submit O&M reports.  We gathered feedback from that training and worked with our contractor to make the user experience as efficient as possible in the provided software platform.

A second training was provided on June 11th, which detailed the revisions that were made to the portal (called v2.0).  This new version has been deployed and can be accessed using the same web address (https://myhealthdepartment.com/virginia/).  Thank you to everyone who attended these training sessions and provided feedback!  A video recording of the v2.0 training held on 6/11/20 is posted below.

Instructions for creating an account and navigating the portal 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).  If you receive the message when submitting a report that “Your certification is either invalid or expired,” your license information we have on file may be expired.  If this happens. please send an email to the above address with your complete name and current DPOR license information so that we can research the issue.

A list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), which reflects O&M portal discussions up through the June 11th training, can be found HERE.  Please check back to this page periodically for 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). We are nearing the end of the migration period, but some Environmental Health services that rely on the use of the database may be interrupted. These services include, but are not limited to, the printing of approval letters and permits, 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 department.

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