Environmental Health

About Us

The Environmental Health Department protects the citizens of the Hampton-Peninsula Health District with a wide range of services, including: inspection of all food establishments, hotels, motels, tattoo parlors, and body piercing salons, public swimming pools and campgrounds; investigation of animal bites and childhood lead poisoning; beach water sampling and monitoring; processing of permit applications for onsite water supply and sewage disposal systems; investigation of complaints involving restaurants, hotels, swimming pools and septic systems; and advice on solid waste, insect, and rodent problems.  State fees are charged for food, well, and septic permits.  This division also presents a variety of health education programs for civic groups, clubs, schools, etc.


Fee Schedule

Onsite Sewage and Well Application Fees Effective July 1, 2010

Food & General Environmental Health Fees Effective July 1, 2011


HPHD's Environmental Health Staff at a Busch Gardens Inspection 2022


Food Permits

Anyone selling or distributing food to the public must have a temporary food permit.

Vendors that do not have a temporary food permit must complete a Temporary Food Establishment (TFE) permit application and submit the $40 fees to the Hampton or Peninsula Health Department at least 10 business days prior to the event. Vendors selling food prepared at their home (including baked goods) must be approved and inspected by Virginia Department of Agriculture (VDACS) and submit a copy of the most recent VDACS inspection with their TFE application.  In addition, as of July 1, 2018 any vendor who will be cooking raw animal foods such as hamburgers, chicken, and/or seafood, etc. or cooling of any time-temperature control for safety (TCS) foods must have a Certified Food Protection Manager Certificate (CFPM) from one of the 5 VDH approved courses prior to being issued a permit (link provided below).


  1. Go to: https://www.statefoodsafety.com/
  2. Select the course you wish to take
  3. Enter VA for the state
  4. Enter Hampton & Peninsula Health Districts

Protection from Foodborne Illness

The Hampton-Peninsula Health District works with food establishment owners and consumers throughout the Commonwealth to prevent and address foodborne illness.

You can check out your health district's restaurant inspections here.

HPHD also ensures milk safety! Learn more here.

The Virginia Department of Health Temporary Food Establishment policy and additional information may be found here.

Additional information on the VDH CFPM requirement may be found here.

Protection from Waterborne Illness

The Hampton-Peninsula Health District urges beachgoers and those using and maintaining swimming pools, spas, and water parks to focus on simple steps that can be taken to help ensure a healthy and safe swimming experience for everyone.

Information available through the links below describes the role of swimmers, aquatics and beach staff, residential pool owners, and public health officials in preventing drowning, swimming-related injuries, and waterborne illnesses.

Our services include:

  • Septic System Design and Permits
  • Well Design and Permits
  • Subdivision Review
  • Swimming Pool Inspections

Click here to learn how to navigate waterborne illnesses as you and your family jump in our many ocean, lakes, and pools!

Protection from Animal Diseases

Hampton-Peninsula Health District works with our localities and Animal Control to alert the public of animals that are diseased and present a danger to you and your family. We aim to prevent the spread of animal and insect diseases which can harm and can disease to our community. Click on the links below to learn more:

Beach Monitoring

Beach Monitoring falls under our protection from waterborne diseases control. Bacteria levels in beach water are monitored at 45 public beaches in Virginia on the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean during the swimming season (May-September). Water samples are collected weekly and analyzed by local laboratories for enterococci bacteria. If bacteria levels exceed Virginia’s Beach Action Value of 104 MPN/100 mL of water, a swimming advisory is issued (MPN=most probable number, a unit for bacteria measurement).

Take simple steps to protect yourself and your loved ones, and learn more here.

Certified Pool Course

All pool operators must be certified and take a certified pool course within our district. Check with your locality on their pool operator requirements.