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.
HPHD's Environmental Health Staff at a Busch Gardens Inspection 2022
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).
- Go to: https://www.statefoodsafety.com/
- Select the course you wish to take
- Enter VA for the state
- 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!